Protecting Your Home during an Open House

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An open house is a great tool to give a large number of potential buyers the opportunity to take a look inside your home. If someone is injured while on your property for the open house a liability issue could arise. Instead of allowing this possibility to stop you from doing what it takes to successfully sell your home, use these tips for making your open house safer and proceed with confidence.

Loose Tiles: Fix and secure any loose tiles before buyers start walking through. A simple trip could result in major medical and dental bills that you can very prevent.

Furniture: Lots of furniture and boxes will make your home look less attractive to buyers but it also becomes a safety hazard. Create a large, open space in as many rooms as possible to increase your home’s appeal and reduce its safety hazards before an open house.

Smoke Detector: Ensure your smoke detectors are operational before you have an open house.

Pool Fences: Secure your safety fence and all gates before you open your home to strangers.

Pets: Make sure pets are not at home when you have the open house to avoid dog bites or injury to your pets. Taking them out to a park or boarding them can help you avoid this potential problem.

Shelves and Cabinets: Make sure your cabinet doors and shelves are secure so that there is no risk of injury when visitors begin opening and examining them.

Floors: Everyone thinks to wash your floors or hose off your deck before buyers come through, but you need to give it plenty of time to dry. Visitors could wear any kind of shoes and wet surfaces could increase the risk of injury.

An open house can help get your home off the market and into the hands of a buyer.

Protecting yourself from liabilities during the open house ensures that the process of selling your home doesn’t become a disaster.


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Comments (31)

Frank Laisch
Orlando, FL
"The Insurance Guy"

Thanks Michelle, It is good to put an ounce of prevention to avoid a pound of hassle later

Mel, That is interesting to know, That helps make you such a great Realtor

Feb 15, 2013 08:24 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Frank- I've got to put these great tips in my information packet I give to my staging clients. 


Feb 16, 2013 11:12 AM
Frank Laisch
Orlando, FL
"The Insurance Guy"

Kathy, Thanks for the feature in your Ah-ha weekly post!

Feb 16, 2013 07:44 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good advice.  Also a good reminder from David to secure medications and valuable items.  Theft is one of the biggest risks of open houses.

Have a most productive week!

Feb 16, 2013 10:09 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Frank.

These are excellent tips..I'm with Roy secure medications and valuable items..we even ahve this disclaimer in our listing agreement..theft is on the rise! I came over from Kathy's post this morning on her Ah-ha moments for the week. This post certainly qualifies! Thanks for your advice.

Feb 16, 2013 10:25 PM
Steve Hoffacker
Steve Hoffacker LLC - West Palm Beach, FL
Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor


Great suggestions. I thought you would be going in a different direction. :)


Feb 16, 2013 11:18 PM
Hella Mitschke Rothwell
(831) 626-4000 - Honolulu, HI
Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker

Frank: Great list. We normally think of OUR security or the security of valuables. But the SAFETY of those coming to an open house is super important.

Feb 17, 2013 01:50 AM
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566
Great post. Reblogged with this caption! This is a valuable list on how to protect your home during an Open House or showings, too. Another thing to remember is to protect your assets. Put valuables away. If it concerns you, remove it from the premises. Very good tips below!
Feb 17, 2013 02:11 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Thanks Frank, a lot of concerns that we seldom think about in setting up an open house, I will ad this to my checklist.

Feb 17, 2013 02:38 PM
Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

Frank - very useful information. I am going to print this out and pass it out to my sellers. It is always best to be proactive. Thanks for sharing. Reblogging it.

Feb 17, 2013 03:32 PM
Mike Warren
Real Estate - Colorado Springs, CO

Great post, Frank. Thanks for sharing these wonderful tips.

Feb 17, 2013 04:45 PM
Frank Laisch
Orlando, FL
"The Insurance Guy"

Thank you all for stopping by & commenting. This is a good topic to discuss with sellers prior to an open house

Feb 17, 2013 07:41 PM
Sabrina Schirmer
National Insurance Solutions, LLC - Winter Haven, FL

good information for open houses. you do not want a potential buyer to get hurt while looking at your home

Feb 17, 2013 11:05 PM
Mary Beth Nunez

Great Post. Sharing this information.

Feb 22, 2013 02:21 AM
Insurance Solutions
Insurance Solutions Unlimited, LLC - West Palm Beach, FL

Protect your liability and personal possessions are so important during an open house.  

Feb 23, 2013 09:48 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Great information, thanks for sharing.  Recently read a blog where the author wrote about attending an open house where alcohol was served and how it turned into a large party.  Makes you wonder who would be liable is something went wrong.

Feb 24, 2013 02:29 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Frank, These are some great safety precautions that will protect our liability and our pocketbooks.

Mar 03, 2013 11:17 AM
Diana Zaccaro
Tropical Beachside brokered by eXp - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida

Frank, Good tips and I will print and share with sellers. I always warn them to hide valuables and breakable objects (especially those of value) but don't stress the safety factor enough.


Mar 06, 2013 11:24 AM
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Frank, these are great tips to reduce owner liability during open houses!

Mar 06, 2013 01:30 PM
Frank Laisch
Orlando, FL
"The Insurance Guy"

Thank you for the great comments, open house safety is important for your sellers and potential buyers. Thank you all for stopping by

Mar 06, 2013 07:41 PM