©Patricia Feager, 3/10/2017
Removing Prescription & Non RX Drugs
When a Seller puts their home on the market for sale, a number of people will be walking through every room in the house. This will include agents, prospective buyers without or without children and teens, grandparents, friends of buyers, inspectors, contractors, and appraisers. Medicines need to be removed and safely secured in a safe place. Owners should not assume a Medicine Cabinet is a safe and logical place to store drugs or medications. An Agent is not responsible and cannot be expected to keep their eyes on everyone at the same time. It is easy to get distracted. People who are addicted to drugs are clever and will do whatever it takes to get what they want without people noticing. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, "four in five new heroin users started out misusing prescription painkillers."
People who may have problems with narcotics and families who bring children and teenagers with them to look at houses may find opportunities to help themselves to drugs left by homeowners on counter-tops, dressers, inside medicine cabinets, kitchen cabinets, and shelves. Agents don't encourage anyone to use a homeowner's bathroom; however, there are times when people have to go and nobody knows what goes on behind doors. Cabinet doors will be opened by buyers. A handful of drugs, prescription or not, slipped into a pocket or purse is easy to do when it's available and sitting out in the open. Sellers should lessen the temptation by removing any type of prescription or over-the-counter drugs or hazardous household cleaning supplies, and pesticides to prevent poisoning and theft.
What can a Seller do to minimize risks?
- Lock up all drugs and hazardous materials.
- Monitor the drugs you keep in your house meticulously every day.
- Be alert, remember, and record where drugs are stored.
- Remove alcohol from the premises or store where no one can have access.
- Safely dispose of expired drugs.
- A home for sale must be a safe house.