One of the best ways to sell your home is to let potential buyers experience it in person. With the help of a real estate professional, you can potentially speed up the sale of your home. What about criminals though? Don’t they use open houses as opportunities for theft?
With the help of these tips, you can keep your home safe while showing it.
5 Easy Ways to Keep Your Home Safe While Showing It
1. Get Help
The first step is to never show your house alone. Whether you get the assistance of a real estate agent or a friend or family member, having someone with you on a show day makes this process safer. And if you do choose to work with an agent, do your research to make sure they’re trustworthy and have the necessary credentials and experience. Review their online presence and any reviews from past customers too.
2. Make Appointments a Must
Before you arrange to show your house, get people to make appointments. This way, you know exactly who to expect and your real estate agent can screen them beforehand. You also have the option to ask for identification, making it ever safer. It’s also always better to schedule any viewings during the day for safety reasons.
3. Don’t Give Away Too Many Details
It’s natural to make small talk with potential buyers but they are still strangers, so don’t give away too many details about your life, schedule, or upcoming vacation plans. You may also want to pack away any bills, mail, and photos of your family.
4. Pack Your Valuables Away
If there are expensive heirlooms and jewelery in plain sight around your home, pack them away before your show day. You can even go as far as packing away your most expensive electronics and any prescription medication to avoid unnecessary problems such as lawsuits.
5. Invest in Extra Security
If you want to have an extra layer of protection while showing your home, consider investing in a smart home security system. Not only does it protect you against theft, but it increases the value of your home too. Smart home security can include anything from video doorbells to electronic door locks and CCTV surveillance. It’s also a good idea to evaluate the general security of your home. Make sure that any doors and locks are still in good condition to deter potential criminals from breaking in later on.
Installing Smart Home Security Systems
If you need any assistance selecting and installing a home security system, we can assist. We can work with your budget, requirements, and timeline, ensuring your home is safer and more valuable before your first show day. Contact us on (305) 984-9922.