If you’re selling your home this summer or know someone who is, these home security tips for home sellers will come in handy. It’s unlikely that you have complete strangers coming through your home on a regular basis, but when you’re selling, that’s precisely what happens. Potential buyers want to see your entire home, even inside clothes closets and kitchen cupboards. Having a home on the market makes it a noticeable target for criminals, so it’s important to have a security plan in place. Here are some precautions to take before you allow would-be buyers in the door:
- Go through your house room by room and remove any valuables. Do not leave jewelry, money or other precious items in plain view and make sure that they can’t be seen on camera in a virtual tour. Put any items of value in a safe or take them to a secure location away from your home.
- Consider showing your house by appointment only. Holding an open house often benefits the realtor getting new clients more than the home seller. Also, it’s impossible for a realtor at an open house to keep track of numerous people in various parts of the house.
- Real estate agents often advise homeowners to leave the premises while the home is being shown to potential buyers, so the buyers feel more comfortable making honest observations about the house. However, in terms of security, you may want to be there to monitor what’s going on in the house, especially if most of your belongings are still in the house. Discuss your concerns with your realtor.
- A log should be filled out with information on anyone who enters your home. This should include name, address and phone number.
- Do not leave bills, bank statements, check books or any other paperwork with personal information in plain sight.
- If you decide to have an open house, open all blinds and curtains so the house feels open and bright and the chance of any criminal activity occurring decreases.
- Don’t disclose home security details to visitors and be suspicious of anyone who is overly interested in your security precautions while the house is being shown.
- If you are selling your home without a realtor, never show the house without at least one other person present.
- Always check to be sure all doors and windows are locked after the house is shown. Burglars often leave a door or window unlocked so they can enter again at a later time.
Now that you’ve kept the criminals out, you can focus your attention on the serious buyers. Happy selling.