Selling a home is an exciting and stressful time. In the rush to get your house ready to sell, there is a critical list of things to take care of, including potentially hosting an open house. If you are a homeowner hosting your own open house with or without the help of a real estate agent, it is important to take steps to ensure both you and your property are safe throughout the process.
An open house can be one of the most opportune moments for a thief to get away with your valuables. If your open house attracts several visitors at a time, it may be difficult for you to keep an eye on everyone the entire time they are in the house. Some items you will want to take particular care in protecting include jewelry and prescription medications.
As a homeowner, plan ahead to help protect your most precious belongings and medication by hiding them in an inconspicuous place, putting them in a safe that cannot be removed from the home (such as bolted to the floor or installed in a wall), or just taking them off-premises during the hours of the open house.
Use the Buddy System
For your own safety and the security of your property, it is best if you do not conduct the open house alone. Instead, arrange to have someone be there to help you out. If you are using a realtor, ask if he or she can bring an assistant along that can help monitor visitors and ensure everyone who visits signs in.
In addition, there is safety in numbers, and having someone else with you during the open house can help to prevent visitors being left alone in the house. This is an easy precaution to help keep both parties safe and your possessions secure.