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Increasing the Home Security when Selling your Home

When selling your home, there is often a concern that your home could be vandalized or burgled. There is no getting around the fact that there are some questionable characters that make a living of posing as buyers specifically in order to gain access to homes and target them. Keeping mind a few strategies can help to reduce the risk of your home becoming one of those targets.

One of the most important things you can do to protect your home is to make sure you use a professional real estate agent when selling your home. Using a realtor ensures that any prospective buyers will need to first go through the agent. The agent will then be able to inquire about the buyer's identity as well as their motives for wanting to view your home. Realtors are often cautious when showing homes because they are aware they can be targets for violence and theft. As a result, realtors often obtain copies of buyer's driver's licenses and may often even take a second agent with them when showing a home for additional security. This can also provide your home with more security and ensure that anyone touring the home will know someone is watching over the property.

Ask your real estate agent about placing a lockbox on your home's door. This will provide convenient access to real estate agents when they need to show your home to prospective buyers, while also maintaining an additional layer of home security.

If you are going to move out of your home before it actually sells, consider putting your lights on a timer so that the home will have the appearance of still being occupied. This will help your home to look as though someone still actually lives there. Homes for sale that are unoccupied naturally become a primary target for thieves. You might also consider installing motion detector floodlights on the exterior of your home to discourage would-be thieves as well. Drive-way lights are also available for use with motion detectors and timers.

Never allow strangers into your home at the last minute. If someone is really serious about buying your home they will write down the contactor information for your real estate agent and go through the proper channels. Anyone who tries to convince you to let them into your home at a moment's notice is probably not really interested in buying and may have more sinister motives. If this is the case, let them know they should contact your real estate agent. If you have children, always caution them against allowing anyone in the home who claims they want to see it.

When it comes to photos of your homes, carefully review each one and remove any photos that could provide incentives for someone to want to burglarize it. For instance, do you have photos that clearly show a lot of expensive electronics equipment? You should also avoid using any photos that reveal family heirlooms or any other items that could be valuable. This will help to make your home less of a valuable target for thieves and discourage anyone that might consider breaking in.

All valuables, such as passports, wallets, money containers, money and jewelry should always be locked safely away in a safe or at least somewhere that would be difficult for a thief to easily find. Avoid any popular hiding places like the freezer or the toilet tank. A small safe can be an inexpensive investment that can help to keep you and your valuables safe. While most buyers do not have bad intentions, it is always better to be safe than sorry.

At the same time, if you have breakable objects that are valuable to you, either financially or sentimentally, it is a good idea to put them away. It is not unusual for buyers to bring their children with them and accidents do happen. You do not want to run the risk that something which is valuable to you becomes accidentally broken. This is also a good way to get a head start on your packing, which can help to save time once your home does sell and you are ready to move.

Home security is really just a matter of maintaining some common sense. Securing your valuables, ensuring your home is supervised and avoiding publicizing anything that might make your home a valuable target can help to keep your home more secure while you are trying to sell it.



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