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Property Preservation Services for REO and
Privately-Owned Homes in Maryland

DMS Properties, LLC ... Resisdential Real Estate Services is proud to announce that we have opened our Property Preservation Division, which is designed to handle preservation issues for REO (foreclosure) properties and to service the needs of our homeowners and tenants. 

Using our growing pool of licensed and insured contractors, we can handle virtually any repair or maintenance issue that developed at a property.  In addition, we are able to provide lock-changing services, winterization and de-winterization services, landscaping services, trash-out and other property clean-up services, and occupancy verification services.  These operations are currently being coordinated through Victor (Alex) Servetnick as part of his residential real estate and property management activities.

Although each job (and each property) is different, we have some basic information available about the services that we provide:

  • Entry and Initial Lock Change -- this is for properties which are determiend to be vacant and need to be secured.  We will gain entry into the home and do an initial inspection to verify the status and then change all entry locks.  The price for this service starts at $150.00 for a one- or two-deadbolt set replacement.

  • Routine Lock Change -- this is designed for changing locks on a property once a tenant moves out and new tenants will be moving in.  The price for this service starts at $125.00 for a one- or two-deadbolt set replacement.

  • Trash-Out -- this involves removing all remaining personal property and other debris from a home that has been legally declared vacant (whether through an eviction or lease termination).  All debris is removed from the home and disposed of through recycling, donation or dumping at the County Landfill.  The price for this service starts at $500.00 and is based on the time involved and estimated weight of the debris.

  • Winterization -- this is for properties that are going to be vacant and is designed to eliminate the possibility of frozen pipes or water leaks due to vandalism.  It includes turning off all water shut-off valves and draining water from the pipes, along with draining and disabling the hot water heater.  The price for this service starts at $225.00.

  • De-Winterization -- this is for properties that are going to be occupied or for which water service must be restored for inspections.  It includes turning on water service at the main valve and introducing water into the pipes.  This is a somewhat slow process as it also involves checking for leaks throughout the system.  The hot water heater is also filled and activated (if electric).  A gas water heater will need additional service by a plumber who can re-light the pilot.  The price for this service starts at $175.00.

  • Occupancy Inspections -- this is for periodic visits to a residential property to determine the occupancy status and/or to monitor any activity at the home.  The price for this service starts at $100.00 for each inspection and is based on time and distance involved.

We will continue adding more information about the services that we will offer as we discuss and coordinate preservation activities with our team of licensed contractors.  If you have specific questions or need information quickly, don't hesitate to Contact Us if you have any questions about specific services.

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