Part of the necessary process of selling your home is allowing strangers into your home. Although your agent will take every precaution to verify the identity of persons entering your home, there are certainly reasons to be cautious.
If you are looking for a home, you are entering other people's homes where you also need to be thinking about safety.
Here is some valuable advice to protect yourself against the potential for crime:
- Strangers will be walking through your home during showings or open houses. Hide any valuables in a safe place. For security’s sake, remember to remove keys, credit cards, jewelry, crystal, furs and other valuables from the home or lock them away during showings. Also remove prescription drugs, especially pain killers or any drug that could be abused.
- Don’t leave personal information like mail or bills out in the open where anyone can see it.
- Be sure to lock down your computer and lock up your laptop and any other expensive, easy-to-pocket electronics, like iPods, before your showing.
- Do not show your home by yourself. Not all agents, buyers and sellers are who they say they are. Predators come in all shapes and sizes. You should not talk to other agents or buyers, and refer all contacts to your agent.
- You are responsible for your pets. If possible, animals should be removed during showings. Buyers and agents are sometimes attacked, and the owner will be held liable.
- Your agent will check the windows and doors to ensure everything is locked up, as showing agents should do as well. However, to be certain, you should check that everything is locked up and your valuables are accounted for when you return home.
Unfortunately, there are thieves that scope out homes for sale and open houses, so SAFETY FIRST is always the best policy.