Don't Fall Into Fall With A Fall

Real Estate Agent with DFW FINE PROPERTIES 0506509


When getting a house ready for sale, it may seem like a good idea to do a lot of home repairs by yourself to save money, but what if you have an accident, fall, and get hurt? Hiring the right person who has been in the business for a long time, has insurance, been trained, and has a lot of experience with the right ladders and tools may free up your time to do something else. 

There are many things you can do indoors before putting your house on the market that revolves around safety and security. Here are some suggestions and things to avoid:

  • Secure electric cords or cables so others do not trip 
  • Keep pets safe in crates or take pets with you when you leave
  • Use night lights and keep them on during showings
  • Use proper illumination in walkways, staircases, hallways, and dark areas
  • Watch for wet floors before you leave the house
  • Remove Prescription Drugs or store them away from the public
  • Hide valuables (jewelry, weapons, financial records, money)
  • Avoid throw rugs in bathrooms and unsecured rugs or carpets
  • Repair interior and exterior handrails on staircases
  • Repair stairways 
  • Repair doors, locks, and weatherstripping
  • Maintain a clutter free environment
  • Fix broken sidewalks and driveways
  • Repair wood trim and protruding nails
  • Sweep away fall leaves, acorns, and tree nuts
  • If you have slippery floors, post warning signs
  • Repair cabinet shelves and drawers making sure nothing falls out
  • Reduce potential injury from prospective and curious buyers


When looking to buy a home with a real estate agent, wear practical clothes and footwear that doesn't hurt your feet, won't slip off easily when wet or sweating, and be prepared. You never know what the ground or floors are like, if something is under construction, if sunny weather turns to sleet or rain, or how far you have to walk or climb stairs. 


  • Wet floors, greasy floors, or sticky floors
  • Uneven walking surfaces
  • Polished or freshly waxed floors
  • Loose flooring, carpeting, or mats
  • Missing floor tiles
  • Transition floors types
  • Damaged flooring
  • The soles of your shoes may trip you up on some types of floors


Check the weather forecast and be prepared for weather hazards such as rain, flooding, sleet, ice, hail, dust storms, wind, or snow. Wear appropriate apparel. 



Know your surroundings. Pay attention to the areas where you are driving and where you're being shown properties. Now is not the time to be talking on phones if it isn't real estate related. Avoid distractions and concentrate on what you are doing. Buying a home is the most expensive investment most people will ever make. Slips and trips occur due to a loss of traction between the shoe and the walking surface or an inadvertent contact with a fixed or moveable object which can lead to a fall. 

When looking to buy or sell a home, hire a REALTOR®, use Best Practices, due diligence, and don't fall into Fall with a fall. 

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Comments (11)

George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Patricia I was up on an 8'-0" ladder today, so not falling was very much on my mind.  ☺️

Oct 05, 2022 01:24 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

George Souto - Today, you were lucky. Eight feet is mighty high up there. Glad to hear nothing happened. Would you take that chance again?

Oct 05, 2022 03:40 PM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

Thank you for sharing the information. Buyers and sellers in your area will benefit from your expertise. Wishing you continued success.  Have a wonderful day and sell a house.  bill

Oct 05, 2022 01:26 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Bill Salvatore - East Valley - the kindness of your comment is greatly appreciated. I wish you a safe, happy, and successful business career. May your day be wonderful, as well. 

Oct 05, 2022 03:41 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Patricia - your autumnal home seller preparation checklist ranks high in the good sense department where dangerous circumstances can hover around us.  Falls, faults and frailties of all sorts can be exposed.  Safety is always an important concern.   

Oct 05, 2022 01:35 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Michael Jacobs - Thank you for your comment that means so much to me. Safety and good health should be at the forefront of everyone's mind. You are appreciated. 

Oct 05, 2022 03:43 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good afternoon Patricia,

Great check list for safety precautions when getting your home ready for market. I see so many homeowners try and tackle projects they don't normally do and they take twice as long and often find they have to call in the professionals to undo their sloppy jobs. But that is not counting accidents that can happen and often do when a homeowner tries to tackle jobs better left to the professionals!

Oct 05, 2022 01:42 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Dorie Dillard Austin TX - I put a lot of thought into this blog post and appreciate your comments. I find too many homeowners focus on the money and how much it costs rather than on rational reasoning. Even when homeowners make their own repairs, they usually still come up on the Home Inspection report and it is often more costly to undo and redo it correctly up to code. Accidents - I can't think of anyone who enjoys going to the emergency room and paying for medical bills today. 

Oct 05, 2022 03:48 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Patricia, loved your post and advice, just to be clear for every home repair project we either hired a Contractor or a Handyman or an Arborist either way money well spent assuring that our latters are safe from me using them:)Endre

Oct 05, 2022 10:33 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Endre Barath, Jr. - Wise man! Ladders are safe from you using them - that's pretty funny! Plus, your property is safer because you use qualified contractors, a handyman, or an Arborist when needed. And that's the way it should be!

Oct 06, 2022 03:49 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 Patricia,
There are so many ways to get hurt around the house.

Some of the worst horror stories are about homeowners who have taken tumbles while performing home maintenance on a ladder. My own brother-in-law fell and broke his pelvis, and it really was the beginning of the end for him.  I have ONE task that I do on a short ladder, and that is clean out one small section of gutter in my courtyard. You can bet I am super careful during the process. Otherwise, I am happy to hire someone much younger (and licensed and insured) to do those tasks.

Oct 06, 2022 05:06 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I'm sure Will Hamm would agree about the not getting on a ladder part!

Falling is something I purposely try not to do, especially after learning in 2011 how easy it is to break a bone. Good list of tips to keep in mind!

Oct 06, 2022 05:12 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Kat Palmiotti - falling off a ladder or any type of fall is no laughing matter. The older we get, the more brittle our bones get and the easier they crack. There are so many tiny bones and nerves within the human skeleton that we aren't even aware of until something is broken. I'm sure your accident in 2011 is not worth repeating. Be safe. 

Oct 07, 2022 05:25 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Is that Will Hamm on that ladder?  I think he learned his lesson and I hope that his recovery is going well.

Oct 06, 2022 05:19 AM
Brian England

My apologies, I was just trying to be funny.

Oct 06, 2022 06:46 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Brian England - no. the man in the photograph is not Will Hamm and this blog post is unrelated. This is a photo of a contractor working on a house that I drove by, trying to maneuver between parked cars. His truck was parked out front with the company name on the truck. 

Oct 06, 2022 06:42 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Patricia... a great list of safety tips when listing and showing a home. I know there are a number of items on this list that many people never think about, including their agents.

Oct 06, 2022 07:55 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Nina Hollander, Broker - thank you. When it comes to safety, we need to make it a top priority. Falling in Fall or any other time of the year can have serious consequences. Sellers need to take extra care when opening up their homes to buyers to prevent accidents. Too many people are more concerned with cosmetic tricks and not the safety issues that can be a liability. 

Oct 07, 2022 05:10 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP fortunately, in 30 years I've never yet experienced an accident in a home by a buyer or in a seller's home. Fingers crossed it stays that way.

Oct 07, 2022 05:44 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Patricia my first thought was about the fall Will Hamm took not too long ago. It's so important not to take risks and fall off a ladder - or any of the other points you mentioned.  I tripped several years ago just walking into a restaurant to meet a client.  There was a big crack in the cement and boom there I went.  Broke my foot and it took 6 months to finally heal totally and I can still feel it from time to time now.  Everyone should pay attention to your  GREAT advice! 

Oct 06, 2022 09:53 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker - When I bought my home in Texas, I thought getting on a ladder to clean the gutters was no big deal. It was. One year I fell off the ladder and hung over the fence between my yard and the neighbors. I was in a terrible predicament and the only way out was to go head first into the neighbor's yard or push back and go feet first into my yard which I felt certain would tear me up. I went head first and luckily lived to tell about it. Sidewalk cracks are very dangerous. You never know who is not going to cross over the crack without falling and having a serious injury. I'm sorry to hear you had that accident and broke your foot. Six months in pain and agony with ongoing pain that occasionally sneaks up as a reminder is not good. I'm still feeling the repercussions of my car accident when my foot was run over above the ankle the width of my tires. The memory of it all still hurts too.

Oct 07, 2022 05:18 AM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, you've compiled a great checklist for all homeowners. I saw someone who put a letter on the bed of his truck cutting trees a few days ago. I know it is extremely expensive to get trees trimmed after the hurricane but safety should always come first.

Oct 06, 2022 09:09 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Beth Atalay - You're right. Cutting down trees is outrageously expensive and the bigger and older the tree, the more expensive they charge. I've been thinking about you and the people all over FL and how you're coping. Are you okay and did you get hit by the hurricane hard? I would imagine there are a lot of good samaritans using ladders to cut down trees now in Florida. You have all been in my thoughts and prayers. 

Oct 07, 2022 05:22 AM