If you have moved into a new home and your old home is still on the market, it may be vacant. Vacant homes can be an easy target for vandals and thieves who keep track of the status of neighborhoods. Homeowners insurance policies only cover homes that are occupied, so they will not cover your home while it is vacant and waiting to be sold. Consider these simple tips to help protect your home while it is empty.
- Let a friend stay over. Allow a close friend or family member to stay in the vacant home to deter burglars.
- Furnish the home. Keeping some old furniture in the vacant house will make it look like there are people living in the home. If you do not have any old furniture, there are many home staging companies that will bring in furniture.