First things first: Always start cleaning a vacant property from the front sidewalk and work your way to the rear property line. You should always start your cleanup from the front sidewalk to enhance the property's curb appeal and make it more visible and enticing to prospective buyers passing by. Here is a sequential listing of how you should clean up and secure a vacant property:
1. Cut and remove overgrown brush, grass, and weeds.
2. Trim trees and shrubs and remove cut branches.
3. Put the grounds in a rake-clean condition and remove all trash and debris.
4. Pressure wash asphalt shingle and tile roofs.
5. Pressure wash exterior walls.
6. Pressure wash concrete walkways.
7. Put the interior of the building in a broom-clean condition and remove all trash and debris.
8. Secure all broken door and window openings with half-inch CDX plywood.
9. Lock the main entry door with a heavy-duty commercial grade Master hasp lock and keyed high-security Master padlock.
10. Attach a 4- by 8-foot "for sale" sign to the exterior building wall facing traffic, which has your telephone number and e-mail address so you can be contacted in case of an emergency.
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