Understandably so, many home sellers are concerned about the security of their home and valuables when their property is on the market.
There are several steps home sellers can take to improve their comfort level and there are enhancements that Realtors have made to improve security.
Today, a key safe is a far cry from the ones offered a few years ago. They give Realtors the ability, if necessary, to know who and at what time and day someone has shown a home.
In addition, Realtors can program the safes to only be accessible during hours that the client wishes the home to be shown. For example, if a client has latch key children, we could program the key safe so that the home could not be entered during the hours of 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Before a home is shown, many real estate companies have a policy of taking a copy of the potential home buyer’s driver’s license so that a record is on file of who entered a home.
A Realtor’s screening of potential buyers alleviates the “for sale by owner” challenges of unknown and anonymous strangers just showing up at the front door wanting entrance to your home.
Home sellers can take steps to improve their personal security and the protection of their valuables.
Mail and important papers should be placed where it cannot be seen.
If a prospective homebuyer spotted a bill with a delinquent notice, they may assume that you are in debt and have to sell your home quickly.
You may consider turning down the volume on your telephone answering machine when you are out. An inadvertent phone call with a blaring voice mail could negate a buyer’s interest in the property. For example, if a friend or relative called and left a message such as, “Hi Jane, just calling to see if there has been anyone showing your home yet?” would send a message to the buyer that there has been little interest in your home.
Remember when potential buyers are looking at your home they will open kitchen drawers and closets to see the quality of cabinets and the spaciousness of closets. Clean out any personal items that could be a distraction or create unintentional bias in the buyer’s mind. In addition, by removing personal items and increasing your security, it will enable the potential buyer to envision themselves in your home.
Ray Pugel is a designated broker for Coldwell Banker Bishop Realty. Contact him at (928) 474-2216.