Safety Tips For Sellers 6 Precautions To Take When Showing Your Home

Dated: 02/20/2015

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Please consider employing these tips prior to an open house showing.  Taking these steps improves safety for you, your agent, potential buyer, and home.

1. Prescription drugs: Remove or lock them up prior to showings.

2.  Stow away valuables: Remind clients that you can’t be responsible for thefts.

Valuables include everything from the mail left on the countertops (which may contain personal information and bank statements) to such items as jewelry, artwork, cellphones, and gaming systems.

3. Remove family photos: It’s for your safety.

Many real estate professionals advise sellers to remove family photos from their home.

4. Make a house safe for the buyers and the agent.

Turn on the lights prior to showings — whether it’s daytime or evening — so that agents and buyers can move safely through the home and not have to face any dark unknowns. (During the initial safety check of a listing, practitioners should ensure all rooms have adequate lighting as well.)

Also, sellers should make sure there are no potential hazards in their home, like loose floorboards or carpets. They don’t want to risk someone tripping and falling in their home and potentially open themselves up to liability.

It’s also important to to remove not only weapons like guns before showings but also not-so-obvious weapons too ( example; cutlery block in kitchen). 

5.Keep the house locked: Consider extra monitoring.

Doors need to be kept locked at all times. A home is being presented to the public, and it may attract intruders.

6. Beware of unexpected visitors coming to your doorstep.

When your house is for sale, you may also get some unexpected visitors who ask to see your home.

Only real estate professionals using the lockbox should gain access to their home.

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