What Safety Procedures Should I Follow When Selling My Home?

When selling a home, there are dozens of questions running through a sellers mind. One topic that isn’t normally in their mind though is what safety tips should be followed when selling a home. Whilst we are lucky to have a low crime rate in Bermuda, it’s important when selling a home that home owners are protecting themselves and their property.

Discuss Showing Procedures with your Real Estate Agent:
It’s very important when selling a home that showing procedures are discussed. Some of the most important procedures are;
• Will a lock box be placed on your home?
• Will someone always be with the prospective buyer when they view the home?
• Who is responsible for securing the home?
• How will the showings be tracked?

Don’t let anyone in the house without an appointment:
Occasionally, it is possible that someone will see the For Sale sign on your lawn and be cheeky enough to knock on your door and want to take a peek inside. Don’t let them. It is usually not convenient and very rude of them to assume they are able to view without an appointment, even if they are bona-fide buyers.
It is advisable to politely say I am sorry and ask them to call your real estate agent. I usually leave some of my business cards with my seller, just in case this happens. If they are interest-ed in seeing the home they will schedule a showing.

Remove Prescription Drugs & Medication:
Consider removing all of these from the obvious places and putting them in a safer or locked area.

Put Away Bills, Calendars, Invitations, & Other Mail
Put away anything that could lead to identity theft or could give someone information as to your whereabouts. All it takes is someone to pick up one of your credit card bills and they will have your account numbers. Don’t take a chance on this happening.

Password Protect Your Computer:
Don’t make it easy for someone to get into areas of your computer where important account numbers could be found. While this may seem a bit extreme, it is always better to err on the safe side.

Think About Home Security Cameras:
Some systems even connect to your phone, and alerts you to movement, so that you can see if someone is on your property. Keep in mind you may be able to take them with you to your next home, so it’s not a bad investment. If there is a problem you will have peace of mind, knowing that it will be caught on camera.

If you have a question for Heather, please contact her at hchilvers@brcl.bm or 332-1793. All questions will be treated confidentially.

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