Once you decide to put your home on the market, you’ll likely have to endure a steady stream of homebuyers in and out of your home. From open houses to showings, your simple abode has to be open to potential buyers in order for you to sell it as quickly as possible. But as the seller and homeowner, you might be worried about your personal belongings, privacy or lack thereof.
Before you open your doors to strangers, here are a few safety measures to help you protect your home while it’s on the market.
Do not allow more than one group of buyers at any given time
Most thefts happen during open houses or showings since there are too many people inside the house. A group of people may distract the agent by showing interest on the property while the others take off with your personal belongings and valuables. In order to prevent this from happening, it would be best to advise your agent to entertain one group of buyers at a time.
Hide the valuables
Hiding your valuables is one of the simplest and most effective ways of preventing theft. Keep your jewelry, collectibles and any other items that someone might be able to snatch unnoticed.
Once you have decided to sell your home, we suggest that you keep all your valuables in a safety deposit box. This way, you’ll feel more at ease knowing that your valuables are safe.
Do not leave mail in the house
Most sellers may think that leaving mail in the house may not be a big deal, especially if they are neatly stacked on the kitchen counter. Wrong! You might be surprised to learn what potential buyers can figure out about you through these mail.
Buyers can tell if the IRS is after you or if you’re late on your mortgage payment. They can also find out how much you owe on your credit card bills through the mail. Armed with that information, you may have a pretty good idea how much the buyer is willing to offer.