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Stow away any valuables prior to home views

Real Estate Report
By Lauren Bunting | Nov 09, 2017

(Nov. 10, 2017) When selling your home, there are more things to consider than pricing and staging—namely safety.

You will have strangers coming through your house with the specific purpose of viewing each and every room in detail. To keep both you, and those who come to view your home, safe—there are certain safety guidelines to follow.

Secure the following items:

Valuables:

• Don’t forget to take your keys, credit cards, jewelry and other valuables from your home or lock them away out of plain view.

• Valuable items such as antiques or expensive décor should be put away to avoid accidental breakage.

Medications:

• Remove prescription medications from medicine cabinets and bedside tables. Either remove them from the home entirely or secure them in a locked area.

Weapons:

• Firearms, knives and other weapons should be removed from sight and locked away.

Personal info:

• Bills, invoices, credit card statements and any other mail with personal info should be removed from view.

• It’s also a good idea to take down family photos labeled with names.

Showings:

• Do not let strangers into your home if they do not have an appointment.

• All showings should be booked in advance through a Realtor, their office or a showing service that you are familiar with.

Hazards:

• Protect yourself from any liability by making sure that entering your home is safe—driveways clear and stairs in good repair.

• Make sure all pets are secured at all times, even if you think they are “friendly.”

— Lauren Bunting is a licensed Associate Broker with Bunting Realty, Inc. in Berlin.

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