One of the biggest concerns you may have when planning an open house is “how do I protect my privacy?” There’s so much information you give homebuyers without even realizing it. Keeping your personal belongings locked away is key to securing your home and your safety.
Here are some tips to secure your home during an open house:
Hide your valuables. Do you know the person entering your home? With a number of potential buyers walking through the house, it’s easy for people to sneak through your personable belongings. Lock your diamond necklace or new pricey electronic system in safe storage to prevent theft.
Conceal personal information. From credit card statements to college diplomas, there is a significant amount of information that buyers can gather about your personal life. The last thing you want is someone stealing your identity or hacking into any of your private accounts! Keep these items locked in a file cabinet and keep the key close to you.
Don’t leave keys out. Speaking of keys, don’t leave spare ones lying around for anyone to grab. This poses a potential threat to you and your home since anyone can easily return at a later date with complete access.
Never show your house alone. If you’re selling by owner, ask a friend or relative to accompany you during the open house. While you take buyers on a tour of the house, the other can stay close to the door or keep an eye on other visitors.
You’d be surprised how much buyers can find out about your personal life just through a brief open house event. It’s important to prep your house before putting it on the market so that your privacy is protected.
Contact Leslie Clarke Homes for more tips on how to keep yourself safe while selling. We are a team of experienced professionals with over 20+ years of sales experience and excellent client communication skills. Call us today at 203.984.1856 or visit our website for more information.