Safety Tips for Sellers
By Joey Marino, President Stark County Association of REALTORS®
When selling a home, sellers often have many questions running through their mind. Many of those questions are regarding topics such as interviewing REALTORS®, how to price their home, how long it will take to sell, how much it will cost, etc. One topic you may not think about when selling your home is what safety tips you should follow. It’s important to practice safety tips to protect yourselves and your property when selling your home. Since September is Safety Month and your local REALOTRS® take safety seriously, here are some safety tips you can follow when your house is listed for sale.
- Prescription Drugs: Remove or Lock Them Up Prior to Showings
A growing number of real estate professionals throughout the country are reporting theft of prescription drugs from sellers’ home during open houses. As a seller, you should remove all prescription drugs from your home prior to any showings or open houses. You should also make sure to properly dispose of any expired medications.
- Stow Away Valuables
Valuables include everything from the mail left on the countertops to such items as jewelry, artwork, cellphones and gaming systems. Your REALTOR® can also make sure valuables such as a coin collection, wine cellar or valuable equipment are not photographed for the listing photos.
- Be Lockbox Savvy
Ask your REALTOR® to use an electronic lockbox that only another REALTOR® can open. If they insist on using a combination lockbox, ask them to set a new code or take other measures to ensure access is only granted for those intended.
- Make a House Safe for the Buyers and the REALTOR®
Turn on the lights prior to showings- whether it’s daytime or evening- so that REALTORS® and potential buyers can walk safely through the home. Make sure there are no potential hazards in your home, such as a loose floorboard or carpet. Any weapons or guns should be removed before showings and open houses as well.
- Beware of Unexpected Visitors Coming to Your Doorstep
You may get some unexpected visitors who ask to see your home when your house is listed for sale. Only licensed real estate professionals using the lockbox should gain access to your home.
Our REALTORS® at the Stark County Association of REALTORS® are bound by professional code of ethics and state license law and try to protect your home and belongings during all showings. They are trained by professional local brokers to make sure serious, qualified buyers are touring your home and you should expect they will take great care and keep an eye on everything happening in your home. Thanks to this effort put forth by our REALTORS®, we don’t typically have many issues in our area. Nevertheless, make sure you put yours and others safety at the top of mind.
If you are interested in learning more about safety, the Stark County Association of REALTORS®, welcomes you to visit our FREE public event on September 28, 2019 at Champion Event Center. The event, which will run from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. will help you prepare for and stay safe during a calamity. Topics that will be featured include: active shooter safety, boating safety, bicycle safety, child ID kits, emergency evacuation planning, power line safety, hiking/trailing safety, self-defense, home safety repairs, and more. Find more information on the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/417386555784369/
The Stark County Association of REALTORS® welcomes you to visit our website at www.starkrealtors.com for a complete listing of REALTORS® and Affiliate members who are sure to meet your professional real estate needs.
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Source: “The Safety Talk You Need to Have With Clients”, REALTOR® Magazine by Melissa Dittmann Tracey