Updated: Jan 11, 2020
We talk to "For Sale By Owners" everyday about safety practices when showing their homes to strangers, but did you know it is also important to be safety-conscious when you have your house listed with a broker?
As real estate brokers, we work very hard to screen the buyers that we bring into a seller's home. We follow safety protocols to protect our personal safety and our belongings, and the personal property of the sellers. We try to always be aware of whether our buyers are behaving appropriately and respecting our client's property during a showing. But, we need you to know a few things about how you can also help ...
When preparing to put your house on the market, usually your main concern is making your home look as appealing as possible. Cleaning every corner, fixing what needs fixed, and making sure it is a home others would want to buy. With all that in mind, prioritizing the safety of your home while it is on the market can fall to the wayside.
When your house that you're selling is vacant, you may realize that you are worrying quite a bit about the safety and security of your property. Between showings and being empty most days, there is a much higher chance that your house can become a target for theft. Here are some ways to protect your home while you wait for it to sell.
TALK TO YOUR NEIGHBORS
While you may think it’s obvious that your neighbors know you are selling your home, it may not be their first thought to keep an eye out for strange behavior. If you have a friendly neighbor, ask if they can swing by after showings to make sure your doors are locked and if they can alert you if they see any strange behavior.
PREVENT SLIPS AND FALLS
While theft is always a concern, you also need to keep in mind that you could be held liable for injury on your property. It is a good idea to take preventative measures to keep an unnecessary lawsuit from happening. Make sure you repair any uneven or missing flooring, secure rugs, remove clutter, and clear ice and snow during the cold seasons.
HIDE YOUR VALUABLES
Even with the most observant showing agent, the best way to prevent high-value items from being stolen is to make sure they aren’t visible. If you can’t take them with you, make sure you have a safe or a secure place to keep them. While jewelry and other expensive collectibles are important, don’t forget about anything with important information on it, like Social Security cards, blank checks, medications, etc.
If you are a gun owner, it is imperative that people touring your home cannot access your weapons. If you do not take them with you, make sure they are unloaded and locked away. While theft is a concern, physical damage (or even death) caused by your gun on your property can have serious consequences.
If you have questions about other safety practices that we suggest to our clients, or help with any other real estate questions, please call us at 888-618-7423. We live here ... we work here ... we're here for you!