The home selling process can be rather stressful, especially when you have a seemingly endless train of strangers entering and invading your personal space. In such times, it is very hard not to worry about security, though its something, as a homeowner looking to sell your home, that you simply cannot overlook.
Most, if not all homes have some form of security in place be it armed response, a good locking system, or even a modern gate. However, the rules of engagement when it comes to security change when a home is being sold since strangers have to get in to view the property.
When it comes to home viewing, it is advisable that you avoid walk-in viewings. This is when someone says that he or she just saw your For Sale sign and would love to view your house.
Even if the person looks respectable/presentable, it is not worth taking chances. Instead, ask them to leave their personal details so that your agent can contact them for more appropriate arrangements.
At the same time, it is advisable that you consider working with a well-established and reputable real estate agency with a proven track record. Make sure that the agency you choose has an up-to-date fidelity fund certificate and that its agents are registered Estate Agency Affairs Board members.
There are many benefits that you can enjoy when you work with established real estate agencies. Considering that such agencies solely focus on managing and selling properties, there is a very high likelihood that they have lists of potential clients who are looking to buy properties in specific areas. This means that they have potential buyers addresses and contact details, which is a good thing since it lowers the chances of strangers walking around your property.
When your home is listed, your agent will send out mail to all the names on their buyers list before arranging an open house for the people who respond. These steps make it easier to control the entire process since they reduce the risk of strangers coming into your home. At the end of the day, however, how secure and safe your home and personal belongings are when strangers are viewing your home will boil down to basic common sense. For instance, it is not a very good idea to leave cash and valuables like cell phones and jewellery openly lying around.
In fact, you are advised to keep all your portable valuables under lock and key, or to consider removing them from the house on the day it is being viewed. While it may not cost you much losing a bottle of vintage champagne from your fridge, truth is, it’s not something that you’ll be happy about.
It is a good idea to talk matters related to security with your agent since most of them are experienced when it comes to showings and are able to advise you on how to keep your possessions safe to avoid having a hard, stressful time when showcasing your home.
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