As a seller, you will typically want to do all that you can to sell your current home quickly. This is especially the case if you already have another home waiting in the wings. So, if you’re under fire and you want to reach as many potential buyers as you can, an open house may be just the way to do it.
Yet, having a parade of people coming through your front door can also lead to some apprehension – primarily when you’re still residing in the home and you have your personal items and valuables stored there.
So, prior to an open house, there are some precautions that you can take in order to put your mind at ease and help keep your items safer. These can include the following:
First, remove any and all of your small electronics – including laptops, iPads, and smartphones – and store them in a safe place. This also goes for any prescription medications that you may have sitting in your medicine cabinet(s). Be sure not to hide anything in a top dresser drawer, as this is oftentimes a prime “go-to” spot for thieves.
If you have any desk top computers in your home, be sure that they are turned off – and even if they are, you will also want to ensure that they are all locked with a secure pass code so that no one can log on.
After the open house has ended, you (and your real estate agent) will want to go through the house and make sure that all windows and door are securely locked. You will also want to ensure that all of the open house guests signed in with their name and contact information on a sign-in sheet as they initially entered the home that day.
Ensuring a safe open house can put your mind at ease, while at the same time opening up your property to a whole host of potential new buyers. Need more tips on how to safely get your home for sale in front of purchasers? Give us a call.