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  • Stolen Hot Water Cylinder

    Just got a call from the painters who are tidying up a house that I'm going to sell. They have discovered that the hot water cylinder has been removed. Looks like a tidy job but I'm reluctant to replace it when the house is likely to be empty for a few weeks. The plumber is going to go and seal it off so we can continue to use the water. Any other advice on what or what not to do in this situation?
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  • #2
    Bummer. Unless you board it up like we do in the States there's probably not much you can do to stop someone smashing a window to get in.

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    • #3
      Leave it out until it sells but it won't look good on the marketing.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Wayne View Post
        Leave it out until it sells but it won't look good on the marketing.
        Yeah I thought that as well... maybe promote it as "nearly finished"...

        On the good side... I've rung the two scrap metal dealers. They both have them on camera. One of them has the copper and the other knows who they are. Police report filed.
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        • #5
          Just out of interest, was this property also in Whangarei? (your location on here)

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Stark View Post
            Just out of interest, was this property also in Whangarei? (your location on here)
            Yes it was.
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            • #7
              A not uncommon problem. Gas infinity hot water units are often stolen on new builds-- ne plumber i know had 2 stolen on same house-- often they dont install those until the day the new owner moves in

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              • #8
                Lost all the underfloor copper on one house and H/W cylinder on two houses in South Auckland,
                seems copper collecting is more popular than stamp collecting in Manurewa.

                Just tidy up and sell with clause in S and P agreement that new cylinder will be installed a day or two before settlement, sold couple like that no problem.

                Pays to have a portaloo and one tap working for tradies.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by HermanZ View Post
                  Lost all the underfloor copper on one house and H/W cylinder on two houses in South Auckland,
                  seems copper collecting is more popular than stamp collecting in Manurewa.

                  Just tidy up and sell with clause in S and P agreement that new cylinder will be installed a day or two before settlement, sold couple like that no problem.

                  Pays to have a portaloo and one tap working for tradies.
                  Good advice thanks. Some people are so dumb. Went around there this evening and there's a black van in the neighbour's driveway with some copper pipe off cuts in it. Police were there 30 mins later.
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                  • #10
                    a mate of mine is a plumber and he had a stash of old WWcs around the back of his garage, his wife made him cut the hedge one weekend and a couple of days later the whole lot vanished, some lowlife had spied them from the road with the hedge being a bit lower, he reckoned about 2ks worth of scrap

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                    • #11
                      Welcome to the club, I think I'm at 2 HWCs and 4 ovens now.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Nick G View Post
                        Welcome to the club, I think I'm at 2 HWCs and 4 ovens now.
                        Yeah it turns out that the oven was taken too. Good news though... arrest made last night.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Nick G View Post
                          Welcome to the club, I think I'm at 2 HWCs and 4 ovens now.
                          this is why I buy where I buy... My tenants neighbors drive to your part of town to go 'shopping' ��

                          Touch wood - never had a problem!

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                          • #14
                            Sorry to hear this Drelly, hope you get a king hit price for it to offset the replacement costs

                            I would just leave it out and furnish into the agreement that you will replace it upon sale, its not like its going to effect the look of the property.

                            You could always put a fake security camera up and then stickers on the windows advising that the property is under surveillance and monitored however that could cause concern amongst prospective buyers....
                            Fraser Wilkinson
                            www.managemyrental.co.nz
                            Wellington / Lower Hutt / Upper Hutt / Porirua

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by drelly View Post
                              Yeah I thought that as well... maybe promote it as "nearly finished"...

                              On the good side... I've rung the two scrap metal dealers. They both have them on camera. One of them has the copper and the other knows who they are. Police report filed.
                              Drelly, we were going to write a blog entry about this very topic as we have noticed a few rentals in Hamilton where hot water cylinders have either been stolen or attempted to be stolen.

                              Lucky for you, the hot water cylinder in your rental was empty as in many occasions they are filled and when stolen the entire house is flooded with all floor coverings and sometimes the subfloors are damaged.

                              Reporting to the police helps with nothing except insurance claim so don't expect much.
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