Working in the interior decorating/home staging business for over a decade, I have seen all kinds of houses: the good, the bad, and the (just plain) ugly. This blog will answer questions about staging and interior design from our clients and online inquiries.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Protecting a Vacant House

Dear Kristina,
I have heard that vacant houses are being broken into... what can I do to protect my empty property while its being sold? Signed, M. Anderson

Dear Owner of a Vacant,

An unattended vacant house can be a playground for theives and teenage partiers. Below are some suggestions to help you protect your listed property:

  • In the winter time, hire a neighbor or service to keep your driveway and sidewalks shoveled; while the lawn should be maintained in the summer months.
  • Be sure to stop all paper and mail deliveries.
  • Install light switches with motion sensors.
  • Periodically, check all door locks, window latches, and smoke detectors to ensure they are in working order (or hire someone to do so).
  • Keep current on your home owner's insurance... just in case
It is best to take all precautions to protect your investment. Listen to Grandma's advice: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!
Thank you for your question! Kristina

KFM vacant Staging Before (above) and After (below)

KFM Staging & Design, a Minnesota home staging company, has been creating "First Impressions That Sell" in the Twin Cities for over a decade. Visit our website for more home staging tips. To submit your question, contact Kristina at
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