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Tips To Protect Your Home When It's On The Market

Tips To Protect Your Home When It's On The Market

When you’re trying to sell your home, you want prospective buyers to explore a bit during showings, right?  Buyers often open closets, cabinets, and other nooks and crannies when they’re touring a home. Sellers should take some precautions to protect their homes and personal belongings throughout the sales process. Here’s some tips to protect your you and your home during showings:


Be Wise About Your Wi-Fi

When you created your Wi-Fi password, you may have thought it would be easy to remember, but you may have written it down somewhere on your router or in your home just in case. You’ll want to hide your router or wifi password before buyers start strolling through. If someone memorizes your password, they may have easy access to any personal information you store online.


File Away Your Financial Information

Your banking info is certainly something that should stay private. If you’re in the habit of leaving bills or even spare money lying around on countertops, break that habit before buyers start touring your home. Your personal information may be completely safe, but you do not need anyone rooting through it.  It is a good idea to purchase a fireproof safe to store all your financial information in!


Seal and Store Prescriptions

As mentioned before, buyers may open cabinet doors or drawers. This may include medicine cabinets too. To prevent snooping or even worse, make sure to properly seal and store any prescriptions before buyers have the chance to see or take them.


Lock Up Firearms

This tip pretty much goes without saying, particularly if you have children at home. If you own firearms, be sure they are safely locked away when your home is for sale. Frankly, they should be safely locked out of reach even if your home is not for sale!


Remove Valuables

Like your financial information or firearms, any jewelry or other valuables with sentimental value that are in plain sight could be enticing to someone—prospective buyers or even someone posing as a prospective buyer. Lock your valuables in a safe or ask a trusted family member or friend to keep them until your home sells.


Check Doors and Windows

Each time a prospective buyer tours through your home, you’ll likely be excited to trace their steps to see what parts of your home they may have found most intriguing. While you’re walking through trying to determine what prospective buyers liked best, check to make sure they closed and locked each exterior door and window.


Selling a home is stressful enough without worrying about having to protect it. If your home is on the market, take a few sensible steps to ensure that it and all your belongings remain safe all the way through your sale and closing!