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For Sale board for unoccupied house - yes or no?

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Lilymaid Fri 30-Sep-11 11:30:30

I've just put my late parents' house on the market. The house is unoccupied and neither my brother nor I live nearby. The house is on a through road (not a main road). Obviously, the EA would like a board up but I'm worried about the security aspect - you can access the back of the house easily and the building insurance won't cover vandalism (or pretty much anything). Should I go for a For Sale board or are they unnecessary now with RightMove etc? The house has been largely cleared, so any photos on RightMove will confirm it as an empty house.

lalalonglegs Fri 30-Sep-11 12:01:43

I don't think there are any big issues with having the sale board up - any local criminals will be able to spot it as a potential target with or without a board. However, as most people who are seriously looking to move start with the internet, I'm not sure how useful a board is except to give the agency a bit of free advertising for their brand rather than your house, iyswim. So just tell them not to put one up.

MrsMagnolia Fri 30-Sep-11 18:14:24

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

MotherPanda Fri 30-Sep-11 18:21:29

I'm looking around at the moment - so although I do look at rightmove etc, there are a lot of houses I've only noticed whilst on the bus because they had a sign up.

I then go home and have a google of the estate agent to find the house, not all houses are on rightmove.

PonceyMcPonce Fri 30-Sep-11 18:31:15

In the same position, I decided against having a board, but I was visiting most days doing clearnace, so it looked pretty lived in.

Are neighbours able or willing to help with this?

Lilymaid Fri 30-Sep-11 22:10:46

One neighbour is cutting front lawn as it is in his interest for house to look cared for (we cut the back when we visit). In fact both sets of neighbours have approached me and said that friends/family members were interested in buying the house - though they may have been put off when I told them the valuations (very expensive part of the country)!
Houses in the road come up for sale rarely as buyers tend to stay for decades. I think I'll see the level of interest in the first couple of weeks and then reconsider whether a For Sale board might boost interest.

thepassenger Fri 30-Sep-11 22:14:24

I would worry about squatters personally, not burglars!

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