In this white hot real estate market of Boulder County, potential buyers coming out in droves to view the limited number of open house scheduled each week. But while this is good news for home sellers in our area, as it usually means fetching a good price and a quick closing date, this also translates to a lot of strangers coming through your home. With all that potential foot traffic coming through your home on a weekend, you want to be prepared. Since you probably won't be home during your open house, and even if you are, it may be difficult to monitor every visitor's move.
Here are a few ideas to keep in mind as you prepare with your listing agent to show your home:
Medications Be Gone - we all know it is rude to open a medicine cabinet when you are at someone's home, but when potential buyers are looking to purchase a home, they often don't follow these rules. If you have any prescription medication, or expensive over the counter medications, I would urge you to move them out of sight.
Better Safe than Sorry - consider investing in a small safe or setting up a safe deposit box at your bank to stash and secure important paperwork, IDs, passports, birth certificates or duplicate credit cards that may be tucked in a desk drawer. Think through where your valuable paperwork is stored and make sure it is out of sight.
I Was Here - ask your agent to provide a guest book for visitors to sign with their name and time of arrival. You can have your listing agent explain to visitors that no one will email or call them, but that the purpose is to track who has visited for security purposes. It just gives visitors a sense of accountability to the home they are visiting.
Install Security Cameras (or pretend to) - I worked with my cable company to get a security camera set up that is fairly inexpensive and easy to use. I can even view the streaming video on my cell phone app. How handy is that? You may need to put up a sign that the premises are under video surveillance, and that sign alone may deter would-be thieves.
No Place for Guns - this may seem like a no-brainer, but I have seen it. Yep, guns left out at a showing. I did not check to see if it was unloaded, but there was a box of ammo next to the guns. Not a good idea. Period.
Most folks are good, honest people, who just want to see if your home is one they want to make an offer on, but with today's concerns for identity theft, it is important to think past the obvious preparations when you are holding an open house. Even if a potential buyer does not enter your home with the intention of stealing anything, it is worth the effort not to tempt anyone. At Louisville Realty Associates, we have the experience, energy and depth of knowledge to help you list your home for the best price and will listen to you and take your priorities to heart. You can reach me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 303-955-1359.
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