Take Caution with Your Copper Pipes
Homeowners beware: copper thieves are seeking an easy buck by dismantling and removing copper pipes and wiring from unsuspecting owners. I just Googled the price of scrap copper and came up with a place in Denver that pays $2.99 per pound of scrap copper and $1.79 for wire. Apparently that’s enticing enough for thieves to stand up and take action.
One of my past clients contacted me this week letting me know there was a break in at their 1940’s downtown bungalow but they were confused as to what vandals wanted. Hearing that all the cabinets in the garage were in upheaval and the furnace was turned with pipes missing- I knew who lurked behind this job and they came with tools to get what they were after.
Although this is one of the more unpleasant byproducts of our current economic situation, it is something to be more aware of especially for vacation and vacant home owners. This might be a good time to put in a plug for home security systems.
For the vacant home sellers we have an amazing solution here in Colorado Springs. A company called Caretakers of America that will place screened caretakers in a vacant home, stage the home, and pay utilities while the home is marketed. This has been a successful venture for many owners and a viable solution to several issues concerning vacant properties including home insurance. As for Realtors it’s the perfect solution to a win win on the marketing side: compliant caretakers and a staged home.