When it comes to selling your home, security is a paramount concern that often goes undiscussed. Whether your home is still occupied or vacant, ensuring the safety of your property and belongings is crucial. As real estate professionals, it’s our duty to guide sellers through these considerations, particularly those opting for a For Sale By Owner (FSBO) approach.
Firstly, it’s important to understand that once your home is listed, it’s likely to attract attention. Prospective buyers may drive by to get a closer look, and while this is generally harmless, it’s essential to maintain boundaries. Under no circumstances should you allow a stranger off the street to enter your home. Instead, provide them with a flyer or direct them to contact your realtor for a scheduled viewing. This adds an extra layer of security and ensures only serious, vetted buyers gain access to your home.
If your home is vacant, the risk of vandalism or trespassing increases. The last thing you want is a realtor showing your home to potential buyers, only to discover signs of unauthorized activity. To deter such incidents, keep some lights on and ask your real estate agent or neighbors to periodically check on the property. This creates an illusion of occupancy and discourages unwanted visitors.
When it comes to security systems, it’s advisable not to share your master code with your real estate agent or listing companies. Instead, consult your system’s owner manual or call your monitoring company to add a new, temporary code. This code can be tracked and changed regularly, providing an additional layer of security.
One of the major advantages of working with a real estate agent, as opposed to a FSBO approach, is the vetting of potential buyers. It can be risky to let strangers found on platforms like Craigslist tour your home. A buyer’s broker typically conducts preliminary interviews and ensures that potential buyers are serious and approved.
Open houses present another security challenge. With multiple visitors touring your home simultaneously, it’s impossible for the listing agent to monitor everyone. Therefore, it’s wise to secure valuable items like jewelry and important documents in a safe or lockbox. Medications should also be stored securely, not left in medicine cabinets or on bathroom counters.
In conclusion, while selling your home, whether through a realtor or as a For Sale By Owner, it’s crucial to take common-sense measures to ensure your property and belongings’ safety. Investing a little extra time in security can provide peace of mind throughout the listing period. Your Orson Hill Realty Agent is always available to provide further advice on home safety during the selling process.