If you are living in your home while it is listed for sale there are steps you can take to increase your safety and security.
Make sure to begin the process buy hiring a trusted Real Estate Agent who uses an electronic lockbox that makes a record of everyone who enters your home.
Never show your home yourself to someone who knocks on the door. You have no idea if they are legitimate home buyers, thieves coming to case your home, or worse. All potential buyers should be prescreened and accompanied by a Real Estate agent during a scheduled an appointment.
Lock up your valuables. Cash, credit cards, jewelry and other expensive items can be taken. Fragile items could be broken, even by someone accidently knocking into them.
Remove prescription drugs from the medicine chest. They can be stored in a safe or even taken with you during showings.
Keep personal data locked up and out of sight. This includes banking information, credit card statements, social security cards and more.
Never leave weapons in the home. It’s best to remove all weapons, but at a minimum they should be locked up in a secure safe.
Use security cameras. Put up a sign that shows they are in use to deter unwanted activity.
Check doors and windows after every showing. Be sure they are locked for your security.
Following these tips should minimize your security risk while your house is for sale helping to make the experience a pleasurable one.
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Kelly Harden, Realtor®
Mihara & Associates, Inc.