Why You Need a Vacant Home Manager
The first and most obvious reason to have a vacant home manager is because leaving a property empty for extended periods of time
leads to problems both inside and out. Problems will vary depending on what season the home is left vacant but let’s briefly take
a look at some of these potential problems.
- The lawn and landscaping plants will grow out of control.
- Weeds will take over flower beds, gravel, and lawn.
- Rain gutters will accumulate leaves and clog.
- Sprinkler systems will need to be set properly, sprinkler heads may have broken and will flood.
- Sprinklers will need winterizing to avoid freezing and breaking.
- Mail, fliers and newspapers will pile up acting as a calling card to would be burglars.
- If you scroll down to the bottom of this page you will see how serious the copper theft situation is on vacant homes. Thieves target vacant homes and rip apart the walls and appliances to steal copper wiring and plumbing pipe.
- Pipes may freeze due to the heater not being on.
- Infestations of insects and rodents may occur.
- If a pipe bursts or roof leaks the home will continuously be damaged until you return.
- When toilets and sinks are not run often the P Traps in the plumbing system become dry and will allow methane gas from the sewer to seep up through the pipes and enter your home. This definitely wouldn’t leave a good first impression on a potential buyer nor would it be a nice welcome home to you.
Another reason to have vacant home management is for insurance purposes. Many insurance companies have strict stipulations that require the home to be occupied or at least maintained and visited regularly. You will probably find that your home insurance states that someone has to be physically present at least once every so many weeks or so. You may also find that insurers won’t cover you if you if your home is vacant for more than 90 days, unless they expressly agree to do so through an endorsement. An empty home is more susceptible to damage and burglary so insurers are not willing to take the risk. Also, home buyers are aware of the dangers and risks associated with buying a vacant home so offers will be consistently lower than that of an occupied home. Make sure to check your policy because additional coverage may be necessary to protect your investment.