When preparing to put your house on the market, usually your main concern is making your home look as appealing as possible. Cleaning every corner, fixing what needs fixed, and making sure it is a home others would want to buy. With all that in mind, prioritizing the safety of your home while it is on the market can fall to the wayside until you are fully out of the home. Once you are moved in somewhere new, you may realize that you are worrying quite a bit about just how safe your home is. Between showings and being empty most days, there is a much higher chance that your house can become a target for theft. Here are some ways to protect your home while you wait for it to sell.
TALK TO YOUR NEIGHBORS
While you may think it’s obvious that your neighbors know you are selling your home, it may not be their first thought to keep an eye out for strange behavior. If you have a friendly neighbor, ask if they can swing by after showings to make sure your doors are locked and if they can alert you if they see any strange behavior. This is even more important if the home is vacant.
HIDE YOUR VALUABLES
The best way to prevent high-value items from being stolen is to make sure they aren’t visible. If you can’t take them with you, make sure you have a safe or a secure place to keep them. While jewelry and other expensive collectibles are important, don’t forget about anything with important information on it, like Social Security cards, blank checks, medications, etc.
If you are a gun owner, it is imperative that people touring your home cannot access your weapons. If you do not take them with you, make sure they are unloaded and locked away. While theft is a concern, physical damage (or even death) caused by your gun on your property can have serious consequences.
This is often forgot about but it is paramount that you remove ALL medications. A medicine cabinet could be an easy target. Whether it’s pain medication or not, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Take it with you or lock it up in your safe.
When selling your home, you are opening up your property to strangers to walk through your home. Even though most agents guide their clients through a home, a possible buyer may be left by themselves for a moment in your home. It’s so important to keep all of your belongings safe. For more tips when selling your home, please give me a call!