Tips to Keep your Home Safe while on the Market

By
Real Estate Broker/Owner with House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 DRE# ER40011786

 

When a Seller has made the decision to list their home, it is time to review the security of the home.    Who will be coming through?     Are my things safe?    Do I need a safe for my jewelry?    Will the buyers go through the drawers?

Security of a listing 

In reviewing security at a listing presentation, I discuss putting away anything to do with your identity - credit cards, bank statements/credit card statements as well as jewelry and anything of value.   If there are guns (and ammo) in the home, they should be in a safe or removed from the home.   If there are prescribed drugs in the medicine cabinet, put them away too, or carry them with you while listed.    If you have a family member or trusted friend, let them keep your valuables while your home is on the market.  

 

Every agent that sets up a showing at a listing has been through a background check, fingerprinted, and they cannot have a felony in their history.     HOPEFULLY, they know their buyers, and the buyers are viewing the home because they want to buy the home!   But the "buyers" could have called a random agent to see a home they want to burglarize. 

 

It is always best if the Seller removes anything of value while for sale, but sometimes that is not always possible.

 

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Joan Cox
Broker/Owner, REALTOR®
House to Home, Inc.

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Comments (26)

Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA
Realtor

Thank you for the reminder.  It can be fun days showing homes and easy to forget that there are some that will take advantage of the situation.  It is best to take away as many temptations as possible.

Oct 05, 2022 07:33 AM
Norma J. Elkins
Elite Realty Group - Morristown, TN
Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team

Yes yes yes to all of this.  At first I was not fond of listing/showing houses with cameras, but now I am all for it.  That way it protects everyone involved.  Hope you have a fabulous day!

Oct 05, 2022 07:36 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Ray Henson most of the agents probably don't even think of this, but know I had an agent with a buyer that rummaged through my seller's luggage under the stairs and stole some credit cards.

Oct 05, 2022 07:42 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Norma J. Elkins I felt the same way, a bit invasive, but agree that it makes people a bit more honest, hopefully.

Oct 05, 2022 07:43 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Joan - due diligence is a part of real estate.  In life, when do we "invite" guests into our homes that we don't know and let them "wander" through.  

Oct 05, 2022 08:05 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Michael, I agree, if you want to leave your front door open, and let all come in, then you have to be prepared for what may happen next!

Oct 05, 2022 08:21 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Joan,
The world is a different place than it used to be and we have to be more diligent than ever with safety on every level.

Oct 05, 2022 08:26 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Joan - these are good points to follow and I like Nina's suggestion.

Oct 05, 2022 10:44 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Carol, cannot agree more, and just plain sad actually.

Oct 05, 2022 01:42 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Grant, Nina's suggestions are excellent, and hadn't thought about the knife block.

Oct 05, 2022 01:43 PM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

What great advice, I like the idea of a document as Nina does to have them sign so you have proof this was discussed. So important in today's world.

Oct 05, 2022 02:13 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

I like the idea of having a sign at the door that offers that all rooms are on cameras and let the buyers know to very careful with what they say and do

Oct 05, 2022 03:01 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

This year's listing have all been security nightmares along with a few from last year. On these homes, I have had to shift from not putting a signs out front to just putting them in the front window. This has caused fewer breakins and vandlism, weird huh Joan 🙂

Oct 05, 2022 04:47 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Joan- It is so important that sellers understand that they are responsible for the safekeeping of their valuables when their home is on the market.  In my staging consultations, I reminded them of this as well. 

Oct 05, 2022 06:12 PM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I don't think I have ever had an incident where something was stolen from a home that I was listing but I always tell sellers to put all of their valuables away, just in case.

Oct 06, 2022 05:34 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Nick, that paper trail is very important.

Oct 08, 2022 08:17 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Ed, we are seeing more and more interior cameras.

Oct 08, 2022 08:17 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Paul, OH MY, that would be worse!

Oct 08, 2022 08:18 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kathy, even when some homeowners get it from all angles, they still forget.

Oct 08, 2022 08:18 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Brian, I have had two incidences where something was stolen, that I know of.

Oct 08, 2022 08:18 AM