There are over 18.5 million vacant homes in the U.S. Vacancies occur for a number of reasons, and one of them is that you may be in the process of selling the house without being able to live there. One concern for persons who fall into this category is that the house stays safe from vandalism, break-ins and squatters while it is on the market and remains empty. Having round-the-clock security is costly, and not everyone can afford that, so securing the doors and windows may be your best bet for helping to keep your property safe from theft and intruders.
Hard to get in
Windows usually outnumber doors, which means that they provide more points of entry than your exterior doors do. They are also more likely to be at concealed points of the house, which makes it less likely that the intruders will be detected. Intruders often seek a point that will be easy to get in and out of, so barring these windows with window guards can be your first line for discouraging an attempt to get in.
One such window guard is a clear poly-carbonate window system that allows for clear sight into the vacant building while being impact resistant and therefore almost impossible to break in. These can be used at the front. Other window guards include having decorative metal bars installed on the outside of the windows that would make breaking the window a futile effort and can be more appropriate for side and rear windows.
Aids in selling points
Having the windows of your vacant home boarded up might offer a cheaper protection for the windows, but it certainly adds nothing to the curb appeal for sales and sometimes can give the house a more abandoned feel. Window guards, especially those that are decorative, can add to the attractiveness of the house and can give the illusion of still being lived in. In addition, it can be a feature that the new homeowners can appreciate for safety, especially those with small children and with windows that are more than one level high.
Of course, having the perfectly protected windows can only be as effective in curb appeal as the precautions you have also taken in ensuring the doors are intact and the property is well tended.