Once you have the house, it may need rehabbing.  Or you may be someone who’s business is rehabbing homes for resale.  This page is provided for you.


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For the Rehabber
Theft Prevention During Rehab 

The following actions have been very successful over many years.

  • Secure the structure: board up windows and back door FROM THE INSIDE; set screws deeply
  • Immediately clean up yard and trim back bushes
  • Secure front door with heavy duty storm door and multiple pad locks
  • Turn on the electricity (takes three or four days)
  • Set up “Simpli Safe” or similar interior alarm system ($350 at big box stores)
    • Connects to cell phone and Patrol Division
    • Each contractor has his or her own code; Rehabber is alerted when subcontractors code in (also lets rehabber know what time they start work)
    • Uses multiple alarm systems in large structures to ensure all doors and windows are alarmed.
  • Use only plastic plumbing PEX.
  • Introduce self to neighbors; offer $100 if they report a break in as it is happening.
  • Don’t install furnace unless it is winter and contractors need it; wait until occupied
  • Place alarm sign on exterior.