Keeping your family and your belongings safe when selling your house is a legitimate concern. When strangers are walking through your home, you wonder who they are and if they are serious buyers or they have ulterior motives. Darryl Baskin of The Baskin Real Estate Specialists has precautions every home seller should take when selling their house:
- Store valuable belongings out of sight or even at another location. Don't leave anything in plain view that someone can pocket or that would become a reason someone would want to return to the home without supervision.
- Open houses are no longer necessary. Being a sitting duck with strangers strolling through your home is becoming a thing of the past. Modern marketing tools allow buyers to see a preselected view of your home without coming inside before they're prequalified.
- Remove children’s names from walls and decorations before photos are taken and placed on the Internet.
- Stick with the real estate key lock box system. Leaving doors unlocked, hiding keys, and other methods of access do not give you a record of who enters your property or at least who accesses the key.
- Hide your medications. Desperate addicts will "use the restroom” where no one can see them and take the opportunity to look for addictive medication.
- Leave your security system armed. Create a special code for temporary use that you can change or disable if there is a security concern.
Listen to Darryl Baskin on The Future of Real Estate every Saturday at noon on am740 and FM 102.3, News/Talk KRMG.
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