Tuesday, December 10, 2019 / by Amber Tice
The reality of selling a home is that the safety of you and your family can be compromised. According to Safewise 74% of all burglaries in the U.S. happen to residential properties. This number is staggering! Even the basic marketing techniques we use can put you at risk. Marketing your home address, posting a for sale sign in the yard, and hosting an open house, are just a couple of things that can make your home a target for thieves.
Here are six more things to consider before your put your home on the market:
Home staging isn’t just for looks. Staging your home will also help you in the process of packing away your personal belongings that mean the world to you. Items like jewelry, expensive wine, and collectibles are targets for someone looking to steal from you. It’s also possible that someone could walk through your home for the sole purpose of finding prescription drugs. All of these items need to be stored away from your home.
Your personal information is YOUR business. Passwords, credit card bills, and bank statements, should all be locked away in a safe place. This is prime information for identity theft. You also want to make sure your WiFi password isn’t available.
Small electronics should be out of sight. This seems like a no brainer, but things like tablets, iPads, and music devices shouldn’t be left in the open. If you do plan on leaving your electronic devices at home make sure they are password protected. I think taking it even one step closer is an even better idea. Make sure those electronic aren’t even in the house.
Keep track of who is entering your home. Your real estate agent should be using a sign in sheet for everyone who enters your home during an open house. Also-no one should be entering your home without an agent. The agent who schedules the showing is responsible for keeping an eye on their clients. The lock box attached to your home should also be sending you and your agent notifications on when someone enters the property.
Installing the lock box out of sight. It is very easy to see that a home is for sale if there is a lock box installed right on the front door handle. I would suggest installing the lock box either on the back door, or somewhere along a hidden part of your fence. In my area there is an issue with burglars breaking lock boxes and attempting to get the keys out in order to quietly enter the home. Hiding the lock box can help protect your space even more.
If you are still skeptical install a camera. Burglars will be deterred if they see a working camera. Have you thought about installing RING? This security system is definitely in our future. My number one goal is to make sure my family is protected 24/7.
You should be discussing all of these solutions with your real estate professional BEFORE listing your home. Home safety preparation will help alleviate stress of the unknown when your home does go live.