Keeping your home safe when you’re selling it
With the constantly shifting scene of real estate, we all know somebody who’s probably trying to sell their home. Some are doing it for profit, some are graduating to a larger space, some are going to a smaller place. Whatever your motives and goals are for your home sale, you need to make sure to take care of security when you’re selling your home. Here’s some tips from the experts at Golden Locksmith on how to do so.
- After showing your house to the public, check that all doors and windows are locked and have not been tampered with – even the upstairs ones.
- Never let a prospective homebuyer out of your site.
- Utilize team planning to show your house. Never show your house when it’s just you there – make sure there’s a family member, friend, or real estate agent beside you.
- If you’re selling your home yourself, without the assistance of a real estate agent, and your phone number is on the ‘For Sale’ sign outside, don’t mention not being home on your default answering machine message. This implies that if you were home, you would answer the phone.
- Don’t broadcast any personal information that people can use as a potential weak spot to take advantage of you and possibly commit a burglary with.
- Make sure to identify each potential buyer visiting by asking to see their I.D. and wearing the information down – and consider taking down their license plate information as well., Simply explain to prospective buyers your reasons for doing so.
- Never show prospective buyers the alarm system, the code to any security systems, the garage door codes – or any relevant security information.
- Never show prospective buyers your work information, the names of your neighbors, or any other information that could potentially be exploited by a criminal.
- Never leave any valuables outside in plain sight – this includes wallets, purses, jewelry, credit cards, prescription drugs, cash, rare books, artwork, electronics, and anything else of value. Anything that can quickly be placed inside someone’s pocket discreetly needs to be safely stored or locked up before you allow strangers into your home.
- Lastly, never ever leave your house’s spare keys or the spare garage door opener outside when strangers are in your house.