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  • Writer's pictureChloe Noh

If you need to leave the house empty after closing

Sometimes buyers have to leave the house for a few days or weeks after completing the purchase. Unpleasant things often happen while the house is vacant.

Today we are going to show you how to prepare in case you need to leave the house after closing.

1.Re-run the Walkthrough

Did you do a final walkthrough with the realtor you worked with right before you bought the house? Go through a similar walkthrough again. Double check the parts you already had problems with, and make sure the appliances in your house are working properly. Occasionally, when buying a house, a house that was in good condition may be damaged even if nothing has been done during the period of vacancy. For example, if the thumb pump malfunctions, causing water to build up in the basement and leaving it for a few days or weeks to form mold, you will have to spend a lot of time and money to fix it. So, before planning the move, it is advisable to visit the house once again and check the house with a walkthrough. Also, in summer, we recommend setting the air conditioner to about 80 degrees to prevent the house from getting too humid or hot inside, and in the winter, set the house to about 55 degrees to avoid damage caused by the low temperatures.

2. Key replacement

Of course buyers and sellers trust each other, but who knows who else might have a spare key the seller was using. Sometimes there are people who move by themselves over a few days, but these people need to be really careful. Immediately after closing, replace the door handles and keys connected to the outside.

3. Put a stamp on your neighbors

Neighbors know that the house the customer bought was on for sale. So, when a stranger walks around, they'll naturally think, 'They're the new owner.' A lot of bad things happen with that idea. The most absurd thing I've heard was that the outdoor unit of the air conditioner was removed. If there is a shed in the yard of the house, take everything in it. If possible, you should let your neighbors know that you are the new owners, and exchange phone numbers. This is a bit cumbersome, but if you follow this natural process, you will be able to leave your home more safely.

4. Decorate like a human

Neighbors aren't the only ones seeing a 'for sale' sign hanging on the house. Everyone passing by will see it. If the sign goes down one day, it means that the house has been sold. That said, there are people who are aiming for that. When the sign goes down, and no one is there, the house will be robbed. Therefore, you should emulate people living in the house, through tasks such as installing light bulbs that can be turned on and off remotely-- turning them on when it gets dark-- changing blinds in advance, or decorating the yard differently than before.

5. Invest in smart devices

Actually, this one solves everything. Immediately after closing, install smart products along with security cameras in your home. Except for #3, everything else can be solved with this tip.

Other precautions include making arrangements in advance to avoid temperature-related damage (especially in the winter) to your home's water and sewage systems while you're away.

Today, after closing the house, I shared how to prepare for when you have to leave the house empty for a while.

See you in the next article!

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