Showing Off Spencer-Discovering Spencer, the Brookfields, Worcester County, Massachusetts and New England: Please Don’t Put that Sticker on This Door!!!

Please Don’t Put that Sticker on This Door!!!


Caution~Property Winterized

In my world this means

Caution~Property Winterized=Come Steal My Copper

 caution vacant house


This is a common piece of paper taped to the front doors of vacant properties that have been winterized by the property preservation companies usually hired by the bank that has either foreclosed on the property, or is in the process of foreclosing.  The bank has a vesting interest therefore they try to protect the property.




What I have found is this is an open invitation to a less than desirable  type of person notifying them that this property is vacant and COME STEAL MY COPPER!!!  Recently I had the bank winterize 2 of my properties listed for sale(without letting the homeowner or myself know) and within 2 weeks of winterizing, the properties have been vandalized and the copper was stolen.  In 1 case the theif was caught, and will be prosecuted, but the other case the cops didn’t even seem interested.




This notice also lets the undesirable person know that most likely the agent showing that property will be alone in a house, therefore making them more vulnerable.


I have also found more buyers feel it’s okay to look in windows, walk onto the property without permission, and try to open doors.


Why can’t these notices be posted inside the properties?


 Pam Crawford

Pam Crawford, ABR,e-PRO®,CRS,CDPE,LMC

Owner, REALTOR®, Managing Partner, MBA, BSBA
RE/MAX Professional Associates


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Comment balloon 7 commentsPam Crawford • November 22 2011 11:29AM


I have to agree, here it's a pretty good sized bright blue or orange sticker slapped sloppily on the front door. I always get my trusty glass scraper & peel them off.  They never usually re-apply them LOL.  As you say, why not just say - house vacant, come rob me or shack up here Mr. Squatter.

Posted by Lyn Sims, Schaumburg IL Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban) over 7 years ago

Pam, I agree that some of these postings of stickers and paper on the front door, DOES invite break-ins.  The banks would be wiser to NOT post those.  But let's face it, when the seller abandons the property, they go in and post to the world they are in control of the property.  Poorly, too!

Posted by Dan Hopper, Denver Realtor / Author / Advocate/Short Sale (Keller Williams Realty Downtown LLC) over 7 years ago


Even dumber is banks and asset managers paying people to "winterize" homes in the spring and summer in Phoenix.  We don't need to "winterize" in winter.  Then there are the lawn services getting paid for properties which have no "lawn".  Carefree desert landscaping doesn't require a service but several around town are getting paid to drive by.  Then there are the homes that are incredibly filthy and the only clean thing in the home is the janatorial service check-off sheet on a counter top, attesting to the lie that all the bathrooms are clean, the appliances are clean, the home was vacuumed, mopped, dusted.....

Lenders are no smarter about caring for the homes they now own than they were about lending when they made the original loans. 

Posted by Marge Piwowarski, Phoenix AZ Horse Property, LLC (Phoenix AZ Horse Property) over 7 years ago

I always take my husband or another agent when I am showing one of these properties because you never know what you are going to find in there.  I wish they wouldn't put those notifications up, it also down grades the neighborhood.  People that are driving thru see these and are turned off if there are alot of foreclosures in a community.



Posted by Suzanne Gantner, GRI, E-Pro, SRES, SRS, ABR (Sky Realty, Central Texas Real Estate ) over 7 years ago

Yes, but the court papers duct taped to the door do the same.  The best thing is to get the property assigned to an agent FAST.  You can pull the rekey, winterize, etc., stickers from the front door.  The fixtures all get 'stickered', too, for crying out loud.

I work in a colder climate than Arizona, but if you have a pipe break for non-freezing reasons, that water can do a load of damage.  I routinely winterize all my bank-owned properties even in the middle of summer.

Posted by Robert Smith, SRES, Search for Homes Brighton-Howell-SE Michigan (Preview Properties, PC - over 7 years ago

It is just another "sign" of just how little they care about the home.  If they really cared they would keep it heated and the water on.  Leaving houses unheated can kill them.  The cost of repairs will likely exceed any costs involved in keeping them warm.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 7 years ago

Hi Pam - You want the banks to use common sense.  Too funny.

Posted by Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor (Re/Max Professional Associates) over 7 years ago