Security Tips for Home Buyers
By Joey Marino, President Stark County Association of REALTORS®
When buying a home, buyers often have many questions running through their mind. Many of those questions are regarding topics such as should I buy instead of rent, is my credit score high enough, how much I will need for a down payment, how much house can I afford, etc. One topic you may not think about when buying a home is what security tips you should follow. Because September is Safety Month, and your local REALOTRS® take safety seriously, here are some tips you can follow when you are in search of a new home.
- Meet your REALTOR® at the office
REALTORS® understand better than anyone the safety risks associated with real estate transactions, so they may share safety protocols with home buyers so they can learn about what they may encounter during the home buying process. Instead of meeting for the first time at a property, your REALTOR® may ask you to meet them for the first time in the office. Most people would tell you that meeting at a real estate professional’s office is much more comfortable and appropriate for the first meeting and makes both parties feel safe.
- Take extra precautions in distressed, vacant homes
Make sure the property appears to be safe before entering- do a perimeter search around the property before entering to check for broken windows, a kicked- in door, or any signs of someone living there through the windows. If you see such signs, do not enter the property. Once you go inside, be careful to watch your footing as you tour the house. Homes that have been vacant for a long period of time may have maintenance issues such as loose floorboards, rotten wood, loose railings, etc.
- Precautions to take after purchasing your new home
After you purchase your home, make sure you take safety precautions, such as changing the locks, reset key codes for garage doors, test smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, purchase fire extinguishers for the kitchen and each additional floor, etc. You will also want to become familiar with the main water shut-off valve, circuit box, gas shut-off and test your sump pump if you have one. You won’t want to be hunting around for those items during an emergency and it will save you time and a headache if an emergency or problem arises in the future.
If you are interested in learning more about safety and security, 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 an emergency, natural disaster or 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