When Selling Your Newburgh NY ~ Think Safety First!

Real Estate Agent with Key Properties of the Hudson Valley NYS DRE #40BO1055114

 Is Danger Lurking in your Home?

Danger Signals

In the process of selling your home, one thing often overlooked is safety. There are good reasons to view safety as a major issue. When your house is on the market you have opened the door and invited people into your home. Some will bring their children along. Others looking at your home could be elderly or have issues walking or climbing stairs. While nothing is completely without the possibility of an issue, getting your home ready is very important.  Nothing could be worse than a safety issue while having a showing. You also want potential buyers to see the home as warm and inviting, not a place that needs fixing just to make it safe for their family

It is easy to establish a safe, comfortable environment. Just look around your home from a different perspective. Start with the view from the eyes of a child. Nobody expects baby proofing your home, but a few basics will enhance the quality of a showing. The goal is to allow buyers to envision themselves moving in stress free and into their new home.

Use this list when walking around your home and see if your home would meet the test. Others may come up when you are actually doing a walkthru. This can be done prior to listing for a great first impression on new buyers. As a listing agent when I first tour a home I take notes on any issues that I see needing a quick fix.

  • De-clutter the hallways… and especially any stairway.
  • Electrical wires should not be hanging and out where anyone can trip.
  • Furniture should be placed so that there is a flow to walk around.
  • No small knickknacks and breakables out for either adults to bump, or children to drop.
  • All medicines should be safely tucked away. Nothing on the nightstand to cause a problem
  • Make sure all surfaces are smooth. No loose tile or hardwood, and carpets may need to be stretched back into place.
  • Are handrails secured on stairwells?
  • Walkways and steps to the home should be clear and smooth.
  • Put away toys, they can be a distraction, and that tiny teacup or action figure can cause someone to trip and fall.
  • Make sure that any home with a pool has all proper gates and alarms.Sold Sign in Newburgh NY

Every home has different needs when it comes to a safety plan. Take a look around the home, on the inside and out. Be critical as to what could be the potential source of a safety issue. Keep in mind that buyers don’t expect major renovations to meet more unusual needs, but a basic sense of safety is important. From this point of view your showings should be easy and without incident. You have enough things to think about and SAFETY is something that once you get it right, will allow you to relax. It’s great to have the peace of mind that you took the time and made a plan. Next on the agenda when selling your Newburgh NY Home?... being able to say SOLD!


Janis Borgueta is a Realtor in Newburgh NY. Her blog is about living, working and Real Estate in The Hudson Valley. If you would like more information about Real Estate in Newburgh NY and Living in the Hudson Valley, please subscribe to this blog. When you are looking to buy a new home....Search the MLS for New Homes in Newburgh NY

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Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Palm Harbor, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

This is a great reminder! Having somebody get injured while viewing the property is something most of us don't think about............thanks for reminding us!

Sep 14, 2012 11:02 AM #1
Janis Borgueta
Key Properties of the Hudson Valley - Newburgh, NY
LIC RE Salesperson - Hudson Valley Homes for Sale

Barbara- It is a real simple concept and important to look out for!

Sep 14, 2012 11:17 AM #2
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Excellent information Janis, things that most people don't even consider, like putting prescriptions away and small breakables for several reasons.  Now quit working and enjoy your time with your daughter.  You must have more than 5% work in today with just this post.  It's Friday..............enjoy bubbeleh!

Sep 14, 2012 12:00 PM #3
Janis Borgueta
Key Properties of the Hudson Valley - Newburgh, NY
LIC RE Salesperson - Hudson Valley Homes for Sale

You are too funny Roger.. it is three hours earlier here so i get three hours more time in my day...  (ya think?)

so i am off to the beach... and a walk down the wharf for lunch and perhaps a glass of wine..The beach is only two blocks away!!  Allie had to work today for a bit longer and then its the weekend..and we get to play.... it's all good! =)

Sep 14, 2012 12:14 PM #4
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. "Said and Done!" - Merrick, NY
Long Island's South Shore Real Estate Agent

That's a great list, Janis. A house I have now had several of those issues.


Sep 14, 2012 03:36 PM #5
Janis Borgueta
Key Properties of the Hudson Valley - Newburgh, NY
LIC RE Salesperson - Hudson Valley Homes for Sale

Hi Jill.. people need to pay attention more .. that is really all it takes.


Sep 14, 2012 05:26 PM #6
Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Janis, on the recent listing I just got, she had nothing on her tables, and other surfaces she said because of her kids. I bought her flowers to brighten up the photos I took so they wouldn't look to stark.

Sep 14, 2012 09:04 PM #7
Janis Borgueta
Key Properties of the Hudson Valley - Newburgh, NY
LIC RE Salesperson - Hudson Valley Homes for Sale

Hi Ellen.. any extreme is not so great! I know what you mean about things looking blank though.. it happens with the new construction homes.

Sep 14, 2012 09:21 PM #8
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