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Just because a house is vacant doesn’t mean it will stay in that exact same condition where you left it. In fact, a home’s condition can go downhill significantly when you’re not there to keep up on maintenance and the daily housework that keeps a property looking its best. 

2 Key Dangers of a Vacant Home

When homes are left alone, they become extremely vulnerable and defenseless to issues both inside and outside. We’ll highlight a few of these potential problems, and offer solutions to them as well.

1. Structural Damage

There are a few very common occurrences of structural damage when a home is left unoccupied. Generally, these happen because AC and heat are turned off, and there’s no one to manage the condition of the home. The other issue here is that when no one is living in the home, there’s no one to notice early signs of damage, especially when it comes to things like water or pest damage. 

The most common structural damages to occur in a vacant home include: 

  • Leaky, broken, or frozen pipes
  • Mold 
  • Termites and other insects or animals

2. Deterioration of Property: 

This is a broad topic, and certainly goes hand in hand with structural damage, but overall deterioration can ruin the aesthetic and resale value of a house, especially when you’re looking at it from the outside. Left unattended, a house may deteriorate due to:

  • Vandals
  • Overgrown gardens and plants
  • Unmowed and unkempt property and yard
  • Overflowing gutters, which can cause flooding

When left alone, any home is bound to run into a problem or two… and more often than not, those problems compound and snowball until you’re left with more fixes than you know what to do with. So, how do you combat these issues?

How to Maintain a Vacant Home

Vacant home troubles can be avoided for homeowners from the get-go by following a few basic steps:

Keep the home at an ambient temperature

To avoid freezing pipes or any other temperature-related issues, keep the air on to room temperature. It will keep consistent air flow through the home and ensure no pipes will freeze.

Install Surveillance/Security Systems

Making sure your property is safe while you’re away is simply good for your peace of mind. Have a security system in place to make sure your home is protected even when you can’t be there in person.

Contact a Lawncare Company

While you’re away, your yard or garden will need tending to. Hire somebody to keep the area around your home looking nice. You’ll be glad you did, and your neighbors will too.

Hire a Qualified and Trusted House-Sitter

If it makes you feel better, and it’s affordable, it’s always a good idea to have someone who’s able to watch your home while you’re unable to. Make sure they’re able to fix any problem that may arise, and of course, make sure you can trust them to do the best job possible. 

If you’ve inherited a vacant home, just having a neighbor drive up the driveway, check the mail, and connect with your lawncare company once in a while can help mitigate a lot of the issues that can arise with vacant homes. 

Before-You-Leave Checks

Before you leave the home, make sure all appliances are unplugged, windows are shut, and perishable food is disposed of. This last check can help mitigate quite a few headaches in the future, no matter how long your home will be vacant.

It’s simply to your benefit to keep your home in tip-top shape, especially when selling. You’d want a potential buyer to view the home in its best state, and that’s what they’d like to see as well.

If you own a house that’s sitting vacant, you’re missing a big financial opportunity. It doesn’t have to be in the perfect condition to sell. In fact, we’ll purchase it for cash here at Renewed Homes — no matter what kind of condition it’s in. Talk with one of our agents to learn more about our process. 

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