Vacant buildings and foreclosed homes are becoming more common in our cities and neighborhoods. These vacancies come in a variety of property types from commercial, industrial, retail, residential, and more. As we commonly look at these vacant properties, we think no attention is needed. "There's nothing in there. What could go wrong?" Vacant properties are more susceptible to vandalism, criminal activity, and mother nature. If you are the owner of these properties, it is important to understand the dangers of these empty buildings, and take immediate steps to prevent them.
Keep Your Property Free of Trespassers One of the biggest problems with vacant properties is trespassing. These intruders can vary from thieves, vandals, and squatters. Trespassers know when a property is vacant, and if given enough time these invaders can cause costly damages and repairs.
Weather and Other Damage Even in a short amount of time, weather can cause significant damages to an unattended property. Securing doors, windows, and other small openings are also crucial to prevent damages from the wind, rain, snow and other forms of weather. During warmer months set the temperature to a minimum of 85° F to prevent damages due to humidity and mold. In the colder months, keep the temperature of a building or home at a lowest of 55° F to prevent pipes from freezing. It's also important to monitor areas around water heaters, faucets, and toilets in case a leak occurs which can cause some very extensive damage if it's not caught in time.
Protecting Vacant Properties
Owners of vacant properties have all experienced the same problem: monitoring properties is expensive. Every year, there are millions of dollars in losses due to property damage, theft, and more. In the past, these problems were difficult to prevent. If you didn't install state-of-the-art security systems these problems seemed inevitable. Thanks to Monnit, everything has changed.