5 Ways to Protect Your Vacant House After Moving

5 Ways You Can Protect Your Vacant House Until it Sells

Empty house interior
  • Enhance the vacant property's security. Add motion-sensor lights and entry alarms. Keep bushes trimmed to remove potential hiding places for burglars. Close the curtains and blinds to prevent people from seeing in. Use timers for lights, and consider adding a unit that simulates a flickering TV to deter criminals.
  • Round up support. Enlist neighbors or friends for additional vacant property protection. Ask them to alert you of any concerns and occasionally park in the driveway to help make your home seem occupied. Notify the police and the fire department that the house will be vacant, and leave your phone number with them.
  • Protect your investment. Be aware that if your home is vacant for a month or more, your homeowners insurance may not cover losses that occur while it's vacant. You may need to add a vacancy endorsement to your policy. Talk with your State Farm® agent about your options.

Protecting you from the unexpected is what State Farm is all about. That's why we've teamed up with ADT® and Canary® to provide special discounted pricing on home monitoring systems for State Farm customers. Plus, you could be eligible for a discount on your homeowners insurance (availability and amounts may vary by jurisdiction).


The information in this article was obtained from various sources not associated with State Farm®. While we believe it to be reliable and accurate, we do not warrant the accuracy or reliability of the information. These suggestions are not a complete list of every loss control measure. The information is not intended to replace manuals or instructions provided by the manufacturer or the advice of a qualified professional. Nor is it intended to effect coverage under our policy. State Farm makes no guarantees of results from use of this information.