Safety Tips While Selling Your Home
You can easily overlook safety while trying to sell your home. You probably have a million things on your mind, and typically, safety is not omnipresent.
It can also be stressful and harried. Not only are you trying to get the best possible offer, but you may be dealing with time constraints and the stress of moving.
Not to worry, we are here to help! Here are a few tips for keeping your home and family safe.
If someone drops by your home unannounced, ask them to schedule an appointment. This tip not only gives you time to tidy
This tip not only gives you time to tidy up but also gives you time to find a friend or family member to be present during the showing.
Don’t Go Solo
If you’re planning to handle the sale yourself, you’ll be responsible for showing your home to potential buyers. But, opening your doors to strangers comes with risks.
For your safety, avoid showing your home alone. There have been cases of real estate agents and homeowners being assaulted, robbed and even murdered when showing a home.
Try to have a family member or friend with you during any potential buyer visits.
It’s a good idea to keep track of your home’s guests in the event something later goes missing, or a break-in occurs.
Collect information such as:
- License numbers
- License plate numbers
Take a few minutes to jot down anything notable about your guests after their visit. All of this information provides a record of law enforcement if needed.
Protect Your Assets
Remove expensive items such as:
- Family heirlooms
Protect your family’s privacy by removing personal items like family photos.
While most house hunters are legitimate, burglars will use an open house as a way to gather specifics about a family’s routine and life.
Pay Attention to Behavior
Take note of your guest’s behavior.
- Are they lingering in rooms a little too long?
- Do they appear to be looking for something?
- Are their questions irrelevant or probing?
A potential burglar may be looking for security features, entry points and vulnerabilities in your home’s structure.
Pay attention to the questions they ask. They may just be trying to make conversation, but they may also be trying to glean information about your daily habits.
Make Sure It’s Secure
A secure home is not only a safe home, but it is attractive to potential buyers.
Increase your homes’ value by adding:
- A security system
- Reinforced doors and windows
- Deadbolt locks on doors
- Motion detector lighting