Safety Tips for Home Sellers
If you are trying to sell your property, there are some safety guidelines you should follow to keep yourself and others safe. The fact is you home is being exposed to strangers. Potential buyers want to see your entire home, even inside closets and kitchen cupboards. While the vast majority of homebuyers are safe, honest people and are accompanied by a licensed real estate agent, precautions are necessary for the rare possibility that just one could see your home as an opportunity for crime.
Here are some safety tips measures for sellers to take before your home is shown to buyers:
- Remember to remove keys, credit cards, jewelry and other valuables from the home or lock them away
- Remove prescription medications from medicine cabinets and bedside tables
- Firearms, knives (including knife blocks in the kitchen) and other weapons need to be removed from sight and locked away
- Bills, invoices, credit card statements, and anything with your social security number or other identifying information should be removed from view
- Family photos and anything labeled with names should also be removed
- Request that all visitors sign a guestbook or roster
There are many reasons for using a licensed real estate agent, but one good reason is your Warren Real Estate agent is a professional that takes precautions to minimize security risks .
If the seller is showing the home without an agent, here are some safety tips for you:
- Request that all visitors sign a guestbook or roster and enter and leave through one door only, except when you escort them to the backyard, garage, etc.
- Never discuss your personal schedule or habits with potential buyers
- Have quick and easy access to all exits
- Without hovering, escort prospective buyers through your home by following them (never leading them) and keeping them within sight at all times. Keep a reasonable distance between you and your visitor. Never enter a room with a visitor. You could be trapped inside
- Keep your path clear for a speedy exit
- After an open house, check all the windows, doors and other entrances to make sure they are locked
- Never park in the driveway (they are able to block you in) park on the street so you can exit easily.
- You always want to be the last one in and the first one out.
- When in a room stay toward the door way.
- Walk with your cell phone in your hand.
- Carry your keys between your fingers.