Your Safety is Our Priority Safety Tips for Seller
Here is our safety tips for home sellers.
Prescription drugs: Remove or lock them up prior to showings.
A growing number of real estate professionals are reporting theft of prescription drugs from sellers’ homes during open houses. Sellers are encouraged to remove prescription drugs from the homes prior to showings or to properly dispose of expired
Stow away valuables: Remove or lock them up prior to showings.
Valuables include everything from the mail left on the countertops (which may contain personal information and bank statements) to items such as jewelry, artwork, cell phones, and gaming systems. Before sellers leave the house for a showing, they need to be responsible for walking through the house and making sure everything of value is out of sight.
Agents need to do their part, too. In capturing virtual tours or photographs of the home for marketing purposes, your agent will make sure such valuables are not photographed, like a seller’s priceless coin collection, wine cellar, etc.
Remove family photos: It’s for your safety.
You don’t know who is walking through the house. You may have photos of your wife, teenage daughter, or children displayed and you could have a pedophile or stalker walking through your home.
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, the listing agent 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. You don’t want to risk someone tripping and falling in their home and potentially open themselves up to liability.
Sellers should remove not only weapons like guns before showings but also not-so-obvious weapons, too. For example, many homeowners may have a block of knives on their kitchen countertops that must be removed.
Keep the house locked: Consider extra monitoring.
Doors need to be kept locked at all times. Your home is being presented to the public and it may attract intruders.
Motion-sensor lights can be a good option for outdoor areas for added security. Windows should be checked to make sure they are locked securely.
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. Never allow them in; just hand them your agent’s business card.
Proper procedures for showings is that only real estate professionals using the lockbox should gain access to your home.
What’s more, growing rental fraud scams are causing more home sellers to report renters who are showing up at their doorstep ready to move in. Real estate professionals say their for-sale listings are getting scraped from websites by scammers who then place them as a rental listing on sites like Craigslist.
Be aware that no one should be given access to the house without an appointment and without proper identification, such as a real estate license or business card.
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