Damages When Selling Your Home - Who is Responsible?

Real Estate Agent with Samson Properties VA0225077251


I am going to list my home in Fairfax County Virginia. As a home seller, I am concern potential buyers or people walking at the open house may damage my home. Who is going to be responsible and how I can prevent any incident happening?


Answer: Mr./Mrs Home sellers in Fairfax County this is a reasonable concern every home sellers have.

As a buyers agent, we do our due diligence to ensure our buyers previewing the home don't do anything that will cause damages or destruction of the property which they don't own.

At the open house, we politely request the visitors if we do see an incident occurring.


Who is responsible if the damages or theft occurs during the listing period?

As a homeowner, you are responsible for any damages or incidents that happen.It is a risk as a business owner at the mall or at a store takes to a homeowner who lists their home for sale by owner or with a Realtor

How to prevent damages or incident happening?

Just like a homeowner, you don't leave your front door wide open or garage open you may want to minimize the incident by preparing your home for sale. Put away or hideaway that is valuable or sentimental value to you. 

During the open house as a local Northern Virginia Realtor, I will monitor prospects walking in the house. But considering the amount of influx we have people walking in the house, we may not be able to supervise every visitor. Same recommendation goes to you as above keep things that are important to you out of the house or hide it away.

Preparedness and prevention is your best pre-caution over incidence that may occur while listing your home in Northern Virginia real estate market.



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Samson Properties
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Residential real estate agent serving Northern Virginia in Fairfax & Loudoun county over a decade and almost $100+M in sales volume experience. 


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Susan Hale
Re/Max Realty of Defiance,Inc. - Defiance, OH
Re/Max Northwest Ohio Realtor

This is a topic that comes up periodically with home sellers.  We always recommend Sellers to not leave any jewelry or small collectibles/antiques within easy access of dishonest buyers  who might be tempted to want an item for themselves.  On individual viewing appointments we stay with our prequalified customers but at busy Open Houses the properties are OPEN to everyone!  Don't put special things away just in a drawer that can be easily opened...  Make special efforts to put speciality items somewhere not easily accessed or within view.  Young children may not know better and if parents aren't watching they could put something small and sparkly in their pockets.  Bonafide customers are honest BUT it only takes 1 that isn't to lose your treasured item:-(  

If you follow news stories with the opioid drug crisis,  gather your pain medications from your medicine cabinets as this is one of the growing thefts from customers homes by fake buyers using the owners bathrooms!   We used to use the caption "Buyer Beware" now it is  "Seller Beware!"

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