Safety Tips for Home Sellers

Keep toys picked up and walkways clear. Don’t leave bikes or skateboards where people will be walking.

We Buy Houses – Grand Prairie  TX: When you are selling your house you will have strangers walking through your door as they never have before. They will be looking in places that have never been seen by even your closest friends. When was the last time your best friends came over for a barbeque and went to your bedroom, opened the closet, and then opened the drawers in your master bathroom? It has probably never happened.

Those places are usually off limits to anyone but the immediate family members. Why, your own children aren’t allowed to snoop through your master bathroom cabinets! It’s rude and it’s your private space. Buyers are going to have access to your most (formerly) private areas so be sure to put away any valuables and sensitive documents like bank statements, passwords to your computer, and anything else you wouldn’t give to a stranger.

“Realtors have safety standards that they follow to keep them safe when they go to show houses.”

Keep in mind that some people coming to see your house are simply nosy and enjoy the opportunity to get inside someone’s house and snoop. People randomly off the street are not likely to be interested in buying your house. In fact, you must be careful because it could be the perfect opportunity for someone to do harm and you will be inviting them into your home!

When someone does come to look at your house and you know it is a legitimate buyer, still be cautious. Don’t volunteer information about your family or personal situations. They should be given all of the information they want about the house. It would be customary for them to ask you why you want to sell the house. It’s ok to give them an answer, but again, they don’t need to know that your wealthy parents are buying you another house. You wouldn’t be the first offspring of a wealthy parent to be held for ransom! Answer only the questions you feel are relevant and not nosy or off the subject of the house.

Along the same lines, don’t be victims of a lawsuit, either. Keep toys picked up and walkways clear. Don’t leave bikes or skateboards where people will be walking. Make sure your railings are intact and sturdy for those going up and down stairs. Be accompanied by a friend or family member when you show the house. Realtors have safety standards that they follow to keep them safe when they go to show houses. It should be no different for you if you are selling on your own.