When it’s time to sell your house, it can be a stressful prospect indeed. In addition to decluttering, packing, deep cleaning and staging your home for potential buyers, the thought of having strangers walk through your residence can be extremely daunting as it opens up your family to potential security risks. First Lock & Security Technologies offers some helpful tips to keep your loved ones safe when putting your house on the market.
Jewelry, Cash, Important Documents & Prescription Medication Should Be Locked in a Safe
It is best to remove temptation such as cash, jewelry, identification documents and other small valuables by locking them away securely in a home safe. In addition, you should also stow away any other identifying documents such as bank statements and other mail as this could subject you to identity theft. Prescription drugs as well as small electronics such as cellphones and tablets should be removed from the home rather than packed away in closets and cabinets etc as you cannot safely assume prospective buyers will stay away from these areas. Real estate agents likely will not be following prospective buyers all around the house, especially during a busy open house. It is a good idea to walk through your house before a showing or open house to make sure everything of value that could easily be swiped is out of sight.
Keep House Locked After an Open House or Other Showings
Doors need to be kept locked whenever the home is vacant. You should consider adding deadbolt locks, securing sliding glass doors with bars and extra locks, installing motion-sensor lights for outdoor areas, and be sure to check that all windows are locked securely after an open house or showing. When returning home after a showing or an open house, never assume that everyone has left and that the house has been secured. You should walk through the entire house, checking each room, as well as all door locks and windows – even on upper levels. Also, beware of unexpected visitors that show up and ask to see the home. This is not the proper procedure for showings. You may want to avoid public showings and rather only allow individual showings where the attendees are pre-screened by real estate agents and they can better monitor them.
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Selling your home doesn’t have to put you at risk for a crime. With a few extra precautions, you and your family can remain safe during the entire process. First Lock & Security Technologies can assist in ensuring your locks are high quality and functioning correctly to keep unwanted intruders and burglars out. Call us or come by our shop for a consultation to discuss your home security today!