A large consideration by Realtors is safety. We are in a position of welcoming strangers into sometimes unfamiliar settings, so it’s important that we all have plans in place to protect our personal safety as well as the safety of our clients. As a result it’s also important that our seller’s plans for home safety precautions are clearly understood by our clients too.
For instance, most Realtors have specific guidelines for showing homes to buyers. Most will not show a property at night (especially a vacant property) for obvious safety concerns. But also the buyer cannot evaluate the surrounding yard or any mold conditions or any safety hazards on stairways in the dark. Daylight is better for everyone concerned.
Open houses pose a special challenge for the Realtor and for the seller. Sellers will want to know ‘who’ has visited their home but visitors are often reluctant to provide accurate names/contacts in guestbooks. Sophisticated thieves know how to target jewelry and electronics, sometimes simply taking photos at an Open House that they’ll use later for a future theft. Insurance scams can claim to be ‘injured’ if there are items left on stairways.
And lately there’s another safety hazard. It’s time to hide or remove any prescription drugs. Yes, it seems that visitors to properties that are for sale are sometimes stealing prescription drugs from your home.
Home safety precautions may not necessarily be topics that are fun to discuss. But this is something that every seller should discuss in detail with his/her Realtor, BEFORE any unforeseen problems arise. Specific plans should be in place to protect everyone’s safety. Below is a quick video from the National Association of Realtors with more details on typical realtor safety plans.
Please feel free to ask me about specific safety procedures that I recommend for each seller.