Real Estate Agent with Ebby Halliday Realtors

Protect yourself

While it's certainly not common, there are reports of sellers' possessions disappearing during a showing. When you list your house and are expecting potential buyers, it's wise to take steps that protect your belongings and, more importantly, your privacy.

Most people secure their diamonds, gold, and grandmother's pearls, but even so, jewelry remains the most commonly stolen item from open houses or showings. Firearms and prescription medicine are the second and third most common items that disappear, both of which can cause problems for you.

Evaluate your situation. Consider all the personal effects you have in your built-in drawers, closets, or bathroom cabinets. Think of it this way-if it's not locked, a potential buyer may just open it for further examination.

This is not just about possessions, though. There is sensitive information about you and your family in your house. Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States. The Federal Trade Commission's identity theft Web site has reported that as many as 9 million Americans have their identity stolen each year.

There are many ways a thief can get your information, but stealing mail is at the top of the list. Bills, insurance information, bank statements, blank checks, offers of credit, and other personal mail are all tools that a criminal can use to assume your identity. Ensure that none of these is left out in the open.

In addition to mail, we all have other personal documents in our home, like birth certificates, passports, and social security cards. Place these papers in a safe, strong box, or locking file cabinet and turn the key-there's nothing more pointless than keeping valuables in an unlocked safe!

If you do notice that something's been stolen or you think your sensitive documents may have been compromised during a showing, immediately contact the police, your insurance company, and other necessary parties, including your Realtor.

A safety deposit box may be a good solution. The house of a trusted friend or relative may also be an option. If you go this route, contact your insurance company and see if your possessions will be covered when they're not in your home.

When your home is for sale, you should protect yourself and your possessions. Do yourself a favor and remove temptation.CONTACT TIFFANY SHARKEY AND TONYA PEEK 972-977-2254 FOR MORE INFORMATION.


Comments (1)

Tim Ludemann
Ochopee, FL

That is why I love the SUPRA lock boxes..agents name and info emailed to me...Great Blog!

Oct 01, 2009 04:19 AM