SAFETY TIPS FOR HOME SELLERS
Selling a house can be a little chaotic and a tad overwhelming, which is why many homeowners tend to overlook the topic of safety. While selling a home isn’t an unsafe practice, there are some safety concerns you should be aware of. Here are two of the biggest safety concerns facing home sellers, so keep them in mind if your house is on the market.
1. STASH PERSONAL ITEMS AND VALUABLES
This tactic is two-fold. First, by stashing any valuables and/or collectibles you have, you don’t give would-be thieves a chance to steal your things. People who steal come in all shapes and sizes. From the child who puts a small trinket in his pocket to a couple disguising themselves as prospective homebuyers, anyone can make off with your things at any time. Second, getting rid of valuable and personal items declutters the home and makes it seem less personal, both of which are positives when trying to sell a home. By removing your own items, you allow a potential buyer to visualize his/her own belongings in the space.
2. KEEP TRACK OF THE PEOPLE WHO COME AND GO
During the selling process, many people will come and go from your home. If you keep track of each visitor, you’ll have a list of people to go to if any of your belongings go missing. Place a guest sign-in book by the door and ask each prospective buyer to enter his/her name, address and phone number as he enters your home.