23 Oct 3 Real Disasters that Happen to Vacant Homes
What’s the worst that can happen to a vacant home?
You’d be surprised all the bad things that can happen to a home when you’re away. Of course, bad things happen when you’re in your home during the season, but when they do happen, at least you’re here to deal with them.
When you’re gone? It gets a lot worse.
That’s why a home watch service exists: to give you peace of mind that no matter what happens, someone will be there to take care of it.
Not to give you a scare, but here are some disasters that have actually happened to homeowners in this state who left their homes sit vacant for months at a time.
The Infamous Leaking Toilet
This has happened far too many times to keep track of, and every home watch service has similar stories.
It usually goes something like this: while the homeowner is away, at some point the plumbing springs a leak. Usually, it’s the toilet, but it can also be a hot-water heater, or – worse – a busted water line. No matter where the leak comes from, it grows and grows with time, pouring more and more water into the home – causing thousands of dollars of damage to walls, ceilings, floors, fixtures, furniture, décor, and even the home’s foundation.
Leaks happen. The only way to deal with them is to notice them as quickly as possible. But if you’re up north during the summer and away from your vacation home down here in Florida, how can you do that without help?
Twas a Dark and Stormy Night
Storms happen. Down here in Florida, they happen a lot. And a storm – especially a bad one – can wreak havoc on a home, causing damage that sits for months.
You don’t want to be surprised when you come home for the season, only to find a tree has collapsed onto your roof, or that a hole in the roof has opened up, or that windows were shattered during a particularly nasty storm. Or that water infiltration happened thanks to storm surge.
Storm damage is extremely expensive if it’s left open to the elements and isn’t quickly repaired. It can destroy the interior of your home.
Squatters, Trespassers, and Criminals Galore
Fort Myers and the surrounding area is pretty safe. We don’t have a lot of crime, and the kind we do have tends to not be very violent. This includes people who like to break into vacant homes and either trash them or stay in them (and, usually, trash them).
The only way to deter squatters and trespassers is constant vigilance. They won’t go near a home if they know someone is always watching. If there’s a chance they could get discovered, they won’t risk it and will go to an unprotected home.
To guard against all of these disasters (and the many more we haven’t covered here), talk to a home watch service. We can keep a careful eye on your property and do our best to make sure it’s in as good a shape when you come back as it was when you left it.