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Why Securing Your Vacant Property Matters
Securing a vacant property is important for a number of reasons. First and foremost, a vacant property is more vulnerable to break-ins, vandalism, and other forms of criminal activity. When a property is left unoccupied, it is often easier for burglars to gain access and steal valuables or cause damage to the property.
In addition to the risk of criminal activity, a vacant property can also be a target for squatters. Squatters are individuals who move into a property without the owner's permission and establish themselves as residents. This can be a costly and time-consuming issue for property owners to resolve, as it requires legal action to evict the squatters and reclaim the property.
If a vacant property is not secured, it can be a liability for the owner. For example, if someone were to break into the property and get injured, the owner could potentially be held responsible. By securing the property, you can help to reduce the risk of liability.
Securing a vacant property also helps to protect the property itself. Without proper protection, a vacant property is at risk of weather-related damage such as water leaks or wind damage. This can lead to costly repairs and can even decrease the value of the property.
Steps to Secure Your Property:
- Secure the doors and windows: Make sure all doors and windows are properly locked and consider installing additional locks or security devices.
- Board, replace or reglaze any broken windows to protect again the elements and access points for burglars, squatters or children.
- Keep the property well-maintained: Regularly check the property and make any necessary repairs. This can help to deter burglars and also protect the property from weather-related damage. Utilizing one of SGPNOW’s many different property assessments can help you understand the condition of your property. We recommend our Property Assessment Subscription for this.
- When possible, use lighting to deter burglars: Install motion-sensor lights around the property to make it more difficult for burglars to gain access without being noticed.
Consider hiring a property management company such as SGPNOW. A property management company can handle the day-to-day maintenance and security of the property, freeing up the property owner to focus on other matters. SGPNOW offers many different securing services and can be found here: https://www.sgpnow.com/collections/property-securing
Overall, securing a vacant property is important for protecting the property itself, maintaining its value, and reducing liability. By taking steps to secure the property, you can help to ensure that it is safe and well-maintained until it is ready to be occupied again.