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Think Safety First When Selling Your Home

September 16, 2015
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safetyfirstIf you are preparing to sell your home, or already have it listed, there is a topic of importance that you may not have thought of, especially when it comes to potential buyers viewing your property. There are safety measures you should take, not only for you and your family’s sake, but also for the sake of visitors to your home while it is on the market. You want to show off the best features of your home, not your personal life. While most people who are viewing homes are honest, and truly seeking a place to buy, there are (unfortunately) not-so-kind elements out there as well. But worry not, for you can take steps to help keep sticky fingers at bay and discourage the not-so-nice from targeting your home.

As you set your home up for viewing appointments or an open house, one priority should be your personal items. All bills, bank statements, and medical files should be put away. The same goes for personal correspondence. Anything that can be used to identify you, your Social Security number, or any account information should be out of sight or reach. If possible, lock these documents in a file cabinet or safe, or take them off the premises to be stored in a secure location, such as a safe deposit box. Other personal items to remove from sight include any medications, prescriptions, and photos with identifying information included.

Any valuable object such as keys, credit cards, jewelry, digital devices, family heirlooms, or antiques should also be kept out of the house during showings whenever possible. While you may have a lovely antique table, if you keep it in the house while potential buyers are there, you are also increasing the risk of damage to the furniture. Save yourself the stress, and put this and other significant items in secure storage. Any kind of weapon you have, from hand guns, to hunting rifles, to knives, should also be stored out of sight. Would be thieves often seek out weapons to sell or even worse, to use. If you can’t remove these items, store them securely out of view. During showings with the presence of a Realtor®, chances are items that are put away in discrete locations won’t be readily found.

When it comes to the safety of you and your family, there are guidelines which can help you be more secure. If you do not have motion sensing lights installed by the doors and driveway, install some before you begin showing your home. This one item can be one of the best deterrents to break-ins. Do not allow anyone come into your home who is not with a Realtor®, whether your own or another, if there is not an appointment set beforehand, don’t take the chance that a last minute potential buyer “just happened by” and wants to see your home. Refer these people to your Realtor® If they are serious about buying, they will make an appointment.

Cover your bases when it comes to having a safe home for others as well. Be sure all walkways and driveways are clean and clear of debris. Pick up toys and other small tripping hazards around the house before you have a showing. If you have pets, keep them secured in a kennel or on a lead in the yard. Better yet, if you can, take your pet out of the house while potential buyers are there.

There is so much to consider when it comes to selling your home. Following these safety tips can help alleviate some of the stress. When you are ready to sell or buy a home, me and my team are ready to help you through the entire process. Our goal is to make your experience both easy and pleasurable. Contact us today at (925) 634-7820, or by email at realestate@cecily.com.

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