The Dangers of Empty House Vandalism In Seattle And How You Can Prevent It

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The Dangers of Empty House Vandalism In Seattle And How You Can Prevent It

 

There are certainly times when you may need to leave your home empty when it is for sale but you will have to do everything you can to prevent empty house vandalism in Seattle. Here are a few things you can do to make sure that your house stays safe and sound when you're not around to look after it. 

Talk to your real estate agent and asked for suggestions. He has had to deal with a lot of empty houses that have been put on the market and can let you know what the most successful ways are to deal with empty house vandalism in Seattle. He probably knows some property managers that can look in on your house while you are gone if you don't have any friends or relatives that are willing to do so. 

You'll also have to call your homeowners insurance company to find out whether your home will be insured if it is left empty. Sometimes there is a certain amount of days at a Seattle home can be left empty before the insurance becomes ineffective. You can also ask them what they would require to keep it insured. 

Another thing that needs to be addressed is the water and heating system if you are going to be leaving the home during the winter months. One frozen pipe can absolutely destroy a home. You'll need to keep the heat running while you are away and ask someone to step into the home and turn on the hot water taps from time to time to help keep the pipes warm. You'll also have to turn off any water that runs to the taps outside. 

It is best to always make your house look like it is still occupied to prevent empty house vandalism. You can purchase light timers to have the lights go on at certain times and also have someone walk into the home on a daily basis to turn on the lights and do a general walk-around. 

While your home is definitely going to be more vulnerable if left empty, there are a lot of things you can do to prevent empty house vandalism in Seattle.  Give me a call if you have a house that you need to put on the market but have to leave empty. I'll give you some suggestions you can use to help keep your home safe. 

This blog is courtesy of Adrian Willanger at Coldwell Banker Danforth & Associates 206 909-7536 helping people buy and sale homes in the Greater Seattle area.

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Raine C. Williams
Raine Properties & Investments - Boston, MA

Hi Adrian,

This is also a huge problem for properties in the Boston and surrounding areas!  I cannot count how many properties that I have been in where squatters have taken over.   I have found beer bottles, red cups, discarded cigarettes on the floor, and the usual clothes and shoes, laying around.  It is an awful sight to have a home not prepared properly, and making sure it is securely locked makes a world of difference.

Great idea with the light timers!!

Cynthia

Nov 26, 2011 02:45 PM #1
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Ron Marshall
Marshall Enterprises - Saint Michael, MN
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Adrian, it is sad to see the circulars piling up in the mailboxes of the the empty homes.  And, the notices on the door.  Thanks for the advice.

Nov 26, 2011 04:16 PM #2
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Pamela Seley, REALTOR®
REALTY EXECUTIVES OTF - Temecula, CA
Seals the Deals in Temecula Valley California

Good advice for sellers who need to leave. It's best to make the home look like it is not vacant. I suggest to keep all utilities on and working, too--it's also better for selling.

Nov 27, 2011 03:30 PM #3
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Adrian Willanger
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Cynthia, Squatters are a relatively new problem that has to be addressed with all the vacant homes. Thanks,

 

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Nov 27, 2011 03:58 PM #4
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Ron, I know that's a pretty good give away that the home is vacant.

 

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Nov 27, 2011 03:59 PM #5
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Pamela, Absolutely, thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment.

 

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