Often, people move into a new home before their previous one is sold. For whatever reason this occurs, it leaves your old and vacant home in danger. Here are some tips to make your empty home appear occupied and keep any intruders from entering.
- Consult Your Insurance Policy
Contact your home insurance company to determine if your coverage might change once you’ve moved out of your home. In some instances, there are specific precautions they’ll suggest to secure your vacant home. Ask how long your policy will cover your vacant home and see if there are any options for further coverage.
- Maintain Your Lawn
The easiest recognizable sign of an empty house is an overgrown lawn. Take the time to mow your lawn and pull any weeds. Not only will it make the home seem occupied but it will increase curb appeal as well.
- Exterior Lighting
Install exterior lighting in your yard. A combination of lights, timers, and motion sensors will give the appearance of occupation and keep any intruders away from your home. It is recommended that all entrances to your home always be well lit.
- Security Systems
Installing a home security system is a great way to protect your empty home. Criminals look specifically for retail signs to pick a target. A home security system ensures your house is always protected and that emergency authorities will be contacted at the first sign of an intruder. Hawk Security provides security services that also include fire alarm monitoring, perfect for an uninhabited home.
- Have Neighbors Keep An Eye Out
Ask your former neighbors to keep an eye on your house. Inform them of possible showings so that they can be aware of when people are supposed to be at your home. They’ll be able to see any suspicious activity taking place and keep you informed of when people are there.
- Alert Local Law
Alert your local law enforcement that your home will be empty. They can plan to send an officer past your house on a regular basis to make sure it hasn’t been vandalized or tampered with. Make sure to leave direct contact information with them so they can call in case of suspicious activity.