Like fire extinguishers in garages, central vacuum tanks should not be installed on their wall mounting brackets in garages…in tract housing and condominiums…until the homebuyers move in.  Vacuum tanks installed at the end of the construction but sitting for months in unsold inventory units…in garages accessible while construction continues elsewhere on the project…can disappear over time though theft.

One good approach is to inform the homebuyers during walkthroughs that they need to telephone the central vacuum contractor (sometimes the audio/video contractor) and set up an appointment for the installation of the vacuum tank, delivery of the vacuum accessories, and a short orientation of how the system works and is maintained.

A second good option is to have the central vacuum contractor come out to the jobsite and install the tank, and deliver the accessories, on the same day as the homebuyer walkthrough.