With so many details to think about when it comes time to sell a house: from which real estate professional to use, to prepping the home for sale, to plans for after the house sells, security of your home and your family while your house is on the market is an assumed topic that may not get its fair share of consideration.
Below are six pointers every home seller should know that will help protect your family, and your home, during your home selling season.
1. Have appointments for everyone. Once your house goes on the market, it's exciting to have someone notice the for sale sign in your yard and come up and knock on the door wondering if they could have a quick peek inside.
As tempted as you may be to have a potential buyer have a look around, let them know that while you can certainly appreciate their enthusiasm, you've hired a real estate professional to coordinate the sale of your home. To schedule a showing, they should please reach out to your agent, or their agent.
2. Lock away valuable items. Jewelry, money, house keys, car keys, etc. should all be locked away in a secure safe during a showing. If a safe is unavailable, take valuables with you while your home is being shown.
3. Remove prescription drugs and medications. Clean out medicine cabinets and other places where prescription drugs and medications may be stored. Like the valuables above, if they can't be secured during a showing, take them with you when you go.
4. Take bills, calendars, invites and other mail. Identity theft can be made easy when bills or mail are left lying about, with account and personal information available. Take note of the family calendar and invites on the refrigerator, as well, which could let a potential intruder know when your house may be vacated for your family plans, and an unwelcome, unannounced visit from an intruder optimized.
5. Password protect your computer. A savvy techy type wouldn't need long with your home computer to access account and personal information. Ensure that your computer is password protected.
6. Depersonalize your house. Depersonalizing your house distances the house from you and your family, allowing a potential buyer to see themselves living there with their stuff, and their family. When there are a lot of your personal items in a home, they not only allow for scrutiny of a buyer about your personal tastes and style, it will distract them from why they are they in the first place: a buyer should be visiting your house to look at the house, not your personal items.
When photos are taken of your home, those same photos will go out to dozens of property sites, letting potential buyers know what your house looks like. For anyone with ill-intent with access to pictures of a home, these pictures and your personal items can tell a lot about you and your family.
As an example, a popular decoration in children's rooms is to have the child's name scripted on to the wall of the room. While a trendy decoration, it gives strangers information about their most precious asset: their child. Be on the safe side and depersonalize.
Do your diligence now to protect yourself during the home selling process. When it comes to you and your family's safety and security, there can never be too much consideration.
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