Keeping Your Family Safe When Selling Your Home.

Putting your home on the market can be an intimidating experience for a lot of different reasons. Emotional responses to the idea of having strangers walk through your home can range from “it feels a little weird” to “I’m having trouble sleeping at night”. Safety is a concern when selling your home; after all, that is one of the major reasons we REALTORS® will site for hiring a professional instead of attempting to sell on your own.

We use certain safeguards to help insure the showing process is made safer for our clients. Keys will be placed in a state of the art lock box, and these things make the “little black box” in an airplane look like an egg carton! It’s easier to take off the front door than it is to break into that key box. We also use a showing service for added protection; there is always a secondary record of which agents are showing your home, when they have scheduled, and their contact information.

While these two things are helpful, we also suggest several things that the homeowner can do to keep their homes and families safe during the selling process.

Showings are by appointment only.

When people see a sign in your yard they will get curious. Sometimes folks will stop by, ring the doorbell, and ask if they can take a look at your home. We suggest that if someone wants to look at your home and they have just stopped by that you thank them for their interest and call us to set up an appointment. We only want qualified people touring your home, and we will gladly show it to them, but they must show that they are actually in the market to make a purchase.

While the showing service is a good system, it is not perfect. Occasionally there are miscommunications and an agent may show up unannounced. If this happens we suggest that you again, thank them for their interest and give us a call. We will confirm the appointment with the agent and centralized showing, and we ask that you require the agent to use their Supra Key® to access the lock box for entry to the property. This is the digital key we REALTORS® use to gain access to that Fort Knox style lock box we place on the property. No Supra Key®…no showings. A business card and a sign on the car may look professional, but having these does not mean that the person at the door is an agent.

Don’t leave your mail in plain sight.

Most of us have a spot where we keep our mail. Often times it is on the same desk where our computer sits so it’s conveniently there when we pay the bills. Personal information is exactly that, personal. When we hear this advice, most of us think about our bank and credit card statements. Of course we won’t leave that stuff laying around for anyone to take a peek. But what about those personal letters full of details about an upcoming trip out of town? Nobody needs to know your schedule. Make a habit of keeping your mail stashed away. It will be one less thing you have to straighten up before that next showing.

Speaking of the computer…

Many of us keep our lives documented on our computer. All kinds of personal information is located in files and bookmarked for convenience. While your house is on the market it’s a good idea to password protect your computer (actually, that’s not a bad idea whether you’re selling or not) so that your personal information isn’t just a click or two away.

What’s on the calendar on the fridge?

Do you keep a calendar on your fridge? Many of us do. I’ve toured lots of homes where the fridge is covered with photos of the family and drawings done by the kiddos. I’ve also seen doctor’s notes, prescriptions that haven’t been filled yet, and a wide variety of personal notes about upcoming events, details about planned family outings, day care pick up instructions, and the list goes on and on. Clear this appliance of any details that might compromise your selling position or the “where’s and when’s” about your family. It will give the kitchen a neater appearance and protect the safety of your family.

How about the little valuables?

Prior to putting your home on the market, take a walk around and make notes about some of your valuables. Do you have jewelry that you love, but don’t really wear that often? How about heirlooms or collectables that are tiny and easy to conceal? It’s a scary thought to think that someone touring your home is just looking around to see what you have, and it really doesn’t happen that often. But you have to consider that some people, who would normally never think about stealing, may find themselves tempted when an opportunity arises. Remove the temptation. Get a safety deposit box or lock up your valuables in a small safe at home hidden from plain sight.

Weapons…protect your interests as well as those of the buyer.

Many people have a weapon for home protection. Don’t just assume that because it is out of sight in the drawer of your night stand that it is protected. Should people be going through your night stand…absolutely not. Does that mean it is alright to leave a weapon there…absolutely not. Occasionally buyers will bring children along when touring homes. A curious child left unattended can get into trouble quickly. At a minimum you should equip your weapon with a trigger lock and keep it in a high, hidden location. I prefer to keep the weapon in one location with the ammo in another location, all locked up and secure.

We are here to help you!

One of our main objectives when we place your home on the market is keeping your family as safe as possible. Following these tips will help us to help you during the selling process. If you would like to discuss these tips in more detail, need additional selling tips, or just have general questions about selling your home or the local real estate market please feel free to give me a call or email. We are always available and happy to help in any way that we can. I hope you find these tips helpful and look forward to talking to you!

 

 

Stacy is a licensed REALTOR ® and the team leader of The Jones Team, a group of residential real estate agents who work together to provide exceptional service for their clients. Stacy and his team specialize in the areas west of downtown Houston. These incredible real estate agents can help you buy or sell a home in locations such as Katy, Cypress, far West and Northwest Houston, Richmond, Fulshear, Sugar Land, Spring Branch, Memorial, Spring, Tomball, The Woodlands, and Magnolia. Whether you are in the market to sell a home, buy a home, or just have real estate related questions, Stacy and The Jones Team are available to help.

 

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