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12 Important Things to Do Before Leaving Your Property Vacant During the Spring

Preparing a property for vacancy is important for ensuring safety, insurance and legal compliance, as well as maximizing revenue when you return. Here are some tips to help prepare your property for vacancy.

  1. Make sure all windows and doors are securely locked.

  2. Unplug all major electrical appliances.

  3. Install security systems, including cameras and motion detectors.

  4. Clean and tidy the property.

  5. Set the thermostat to an energy-efficient temperature.

  6. Make sure all lights are off and turn off the water supply.

  7. Remove all perishables and food items.

  8. Check for any signs of pests or rodents.

  9. Cover furniture with protective covers.

  10. Have your mail forwarded or held.

  11. Alert your home insurance provider of the vacancy.

  12. Hire a Property Manager (eg. to check in on the property regularly.

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