An important consideration when selling your home is making sure that you pay attention to safety and security – your real estate broker should guide you on the specifics for your home. However here are some steps that every seller can take to protect their home & family.
- Personal Information.
You have been told to de-personalize your home, so prospective buyers don’t get distracted and their focus stays on your home, however you also want to do this to protect your personal information. Family calendars can let people know where you, your children, and/or pets will be at specific times. Mail and especially bills sitting out can share your financial information. Old school answering machines can also share details about when you will & won’t be home – make sure to turn the volume down or off.
- Keys, remotes, meds and valuables.
While having a basket by the door or set of hooks for your keys & remotes is a great way to organize easily misplaced items for your everyday routine, it is dangerous to leave them out so someone can easily pick them up for use after the home tour or open house. You should make sure that prescription meds are removed from bathroom cabinets and dressers. Pack away any items that are monetarily or personally valuable – so they don’t get stolen or inadvertently broken (especially small items like phones & jewelry and fragile items like musical instruments and collectibles).
- Windows & Doors.
You should always have your windows and doors locked when your home is on the market – even if you don’t do that on a regular basis. In addition, make a habit of checking your windows & doors after open houses or agent tours so you know that someone didn’t inadvertently or purposely unlock one for later use.
- Landscaping & Lighting.
Trim landscaping and well lighted walk ways are important for good curb appeal – but they also deter thieves and eliminate safety hazards. Make sure handrails are in good repair, all lightbulbs are working, and anything that might be a trip hazard is corrected or clearly identified.
- Dangerous Items.
It should be obvious – but we have been in homes where sellers have left dangerous items out. All guns and other weapons should be safely locked away, kitchen knives should be put away (especially during open houses), and chemicals put out of reach of small hands. This will protect the real estate brokers & prospective buyers and you from the liability if something inadvertently happens.
Article Published in the Woodinville Weekly Real Estate Section. Since 2017 The Blue Team has written the bi-monthly Real Estate Column sharing their expertise in this community publications. Sharing their Tips for Home Buying, Tips for Home Selling, Tips for Investors, Buying & Selling Luxury Homes, Real Estate Transitions (Including Relocation & Senior Real Estate Tips), and Equestrian Real Estate.