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How to Prevent Home Invasions and Keep Your Home Safe When Selling

Written by Posted On Saturday, 31 August 2019 06:44

If you are selling your home, it is important to keep it secure and safe. Click here to learn how to prevent home invasions and keep the home safe.

Selling your home can be an incredibly exciting process. However, there are also a lot of concerns that can come with selling a home. 

One of the biggest concerns about selling a home is keeping it safe during the selling process. 

Many homeowners worry about opening their home to strangers during open houses or walkthroughs with real estate agents. And, if you buy a home before you're able to sell your current one, it can be incredibly worrisome to leave your home vacant and exposed to intruders. 

So, how do you ensure that your home stays safe during the selling process?

Check out this guide to learn how to prevent home invasions when selling your home. 

1. Keep Your Valuables Hidden 

No one likes the idea that a thief could be posing as a potential homebuyer. But the truth is, you really have no way of knowing who is entering your home during showings. 

This is why it's a good idea to keep your valuables hidden anytime a potential buyer enters your home. 

Not only does this help protect your belongings, but it's beneficial to you as the seller. If something goes missing, you may be inclined to blame someone who toured your home. Mistakenly blaming someone for stealing your things can quickly make a potential sale go sour. 

Plus, buyers like touring homes that are clutter-free. When you stow away your valuables, you're eliminating some of the clutter in your home. This makes it easier for buyers to picture themselves in the home.

2. Install Locks and Cameras 

There are several preventative measures you can take to prevent someone from breaking into your home. 

Two very simple and affordable things you can do is install extra locks and cameras. 

Breaking into a locked home is actually a lot easier than you'd think, especially if the thief is determined. This is why it's a good idea to call up your local locksmith and have them either install an electronic lockbox or a deadbolt and a padlock. 

Oftentimes, if a home looks like it's too complicated to break into, a burglar won't even bother. 

In addition to locks, security cameras are another simple solution to not only deter burglars, but also see what's going on in your home. In the event that something is stolen from your home, you can check your security cameras to see who was coming and going around the time the item went missing. 

Also, you can usually check the security cameras from another device, such as a smartphone. This is great for those who have already bought a new home and are living in a different area. 

3. Beware of Unexpected Visitors 

There's going to be a lot of traffic going through your home when you're trying to sell it. 

However, you should always know when people are coming to your home. 

Therefore, if someone shows up to your home unannounced and without a real estate agent, don't let them in. This is not a proper procedure for showings. Only real estate agents who have made appointments and have the code to the lockbox should be able to enter your home. 

And, in general, if something doesn't feel right, you should always trust your gut. Think about what you'd rather do: Clear up a misunderstanding with an innocent homebuyer? Or, deal with the consequences of a violent person getting into your home? 

The choice is obvious. If someone shows up, just politely tell them you only accept viewers who come with a real estate agent. 

4. Remove Family Photos 

Many people think it's a good idea to leave family photos out during a showing because it can help make your house look like a home. 

However, for your family's privacy, it's best to hide these photos during showings. On the same note, you should also hide trophies, certificates, bills, invitations, letters, or anything else that reveals details about your family members. 

Again, you never know who's entering your home, so it's best to be safe. 

Plus, family photos and memorabilia can actually deter potential home buyers. Potential buyers want to be able to envision themselves living in your home, and they can't really do that if there are photos of your own family everywhere. 

5. Skip Open Houses 

While some real estate agents would argue otherwise, open houses really aren't necessary for selling your home. 

During an open house, you really have no idea who is entering your home. Plus, if your open house gets busy, it can become incredibly difficult to keep track of all of the attendees. 

Also, open houses often don't benefit the seller. If your real estate agent is trying to talk you into an open house, it's because they're trying to boost their own business by meeting new prospective clients. 

So, if you want to stay safe, skip the open house altogether. 

6. Make Your Home Safe for Others 

It's also important to mention that you should be taking steps to make your home safe for potential buyers. 

Prior to showings, you should turn on the lights so that agents and buyers can move around your home safely. Also make sure your home is free from any tripping hazards, such as slippery rugs or dimly lit stairways. 

You'll also want to keep the safety of the agent in mind. If there's a showing going on when you're away, let your neighbors know. 

Also, if you have weapons or prescription drugs, make sure these are securely locked away. 

How to Prevent Home Invasions: Are You Ready to Make Your Home Safe? 

As you can see, there's a lot you can do to make your home safer for yourself, buyers, and agents. 

If you have any questions about how to prevent home invasions, comment below. 

And be sure to check out our blog for more home safety tips. 

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Tracy is a full-time real estate advisor and blogger. she specializing in real estate technology .and she would like to write real estate,  home improvement topics.
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