When it comes time to sell your Bastrop home, you are likely to think a lot about the price and making sure it’s clean and ready for buyers to look at. It’s easy to forget about the fact that strangers will be coming into your home most likely when you aren’t there and what you should do to protect yourself and your possessions. What are the best ways to keep your home safe when you aren’t home?
Your safety is one of many reasons you should use an agent to sell your home. If you sell your home on your own, how will you evaluate agents to determine who you should allow to show your home? Many agents use some kind of appointment service to schedule showings and these services will only allow licensed real estate agents to schedule appointments. Another thing an agent will provide is a lockbox. There are many different kinds of lockboxes agents can use to provide access to your home and some offer more safety features than others. Some lockboxes can even track who opens the lockbox and how long they are in your home allowing you to know who was there and when in case of a problem.
Take photos and videos of your home before you try to sell it so you know exactly what is there and where it is located. If something does happen, you will have good evidence of what is missing for insurance purposes.
Store your valuables in another location while your home is for sale. If it is something you need regularly, ask a neighbor if you can leave it at their house. Small things could also be kept in a box in your car while your property is listed. You may need to consider alternative storage for larger things like guns or expensive art. Even if the buyers can’t easily steal a piece of art during a showing, it’s better they not know it is there to start with.
The for sale sign in the yard is a pretty good giveaway that your home is for sale but still make sure your neighbors are aware. Then make sure they know how to reach you if they see anything unusual when you aren’t home. Buyers that are truly interested in buying your home will explore every nook and cranny of it. This is a good time to clear out the medicine cabinet so there is nothing tempting in it. Some people setup cameras in their home that allow them to watch and listen to those that are viewing the property in rooms they aren’t in or if they aren’t home at all.
Anytime you have a showing, it is a good idea to walk through your home carefully and check for unlocked doors or windows after the showing is over. Things may be left unlocked both intentionally and unintentionally and you don’t want your home to stay unlocked for days because you didn’t think to check a back door or a window in a room that is rarely used.
These precautions will allow you to protect your home and your possessions as best you can. While nothing is perfect, a little time and effort will go a long way to protecting your home and making you feel better while your home is for sale.
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