There are a lot of reasons you might end up with a vacant property on your hands. Maybe you’re selling a newly-built house, leaving for an extended trip overseas, or own a second home you only use for part of the year. No matter what your situation is, one thing always remains the same when it comes to vacant properties—you need to take measures to protect them in your absence.
Why though, are these precautions so important? What exactly are the risks of leaving your vacant home unattended while you’re away? Here are three things to consider:
1) Unwelcome House Guests
Do you know who loves a nice vacant home? Thieves, vandals, and squatters—that’s who. Burglars will take anything they can from an empty house, including appliances, furniture, and sometimes even internal wiring just to cause trouble. A vacant house is also a prime target for vandals looking for a fun night or squatters looking for shelter, both of whom can cause costly damage.
2) Utility Failures
If nobody is regularly checking in on your vacant property, you’ll have no way to know if any of your systems are malfunctioning or to be able to address the problem promptly. Utility failures can lead to many dangerous and expensive scenarios, such as water leaks, frozen/burst pipes, and electrical or heating issues that can cause a fire. Plus, you don’t want to return to find that the power is out or your appliances aren’t working.
3) Weather Damage
Inclement weather and natural disasters can very quickly cause irreparable damage hazardous to both your safety and your wallet. Flooding, fires, fallen trees, snapped powerlines—the possibilities are endless and unpredictable. It doesn’t have to be a catastrophe either, as even a bad thunderstorm can do some serious damage.
The best way to assure your vacant property remains safe and secure is to hire a professional house sitting service to provide regular care and maintenance. At Dreamweaver Concierge, our house checks include a complete walk-through of your entire property and a thorough inspection of all systems and appliances. We can also customize our checks to your individual needs and schedule.
Contact our team today to get the quality care and peace of mind you need to live your life uninhibited!