Open House And Showing Your Home? Important Safety Tips For Homeowners By A Sarasota Attorney
As an experienced personal injury attorney serving Sarasota for over 30 years, I strongly urge you to take the necessary precautions when showing your home to potential buyers. Although most people are trustworthy and pose no threat, it’s always a good idea to err on the side of caution. Taking an unnecessary risk could have some serious consequences. Here are some of the most important safety tips to keep in mind.
Schedule an Appointment in Advance
Don’t make your home too accessible to strangers. Having an open house invites people with bad intentions to come on your property. The best approach is to have guests schedule an appointment beforehand. Hiring an agent will certainly lower your stress levels. If someone happens to be interested in seeing the home, your agent can handle the entire interaction.
Avoid Showing Your Home While Alone
When showing off your home, having other people around will give you an extra sense of security. It also helps deter criminal activity. Even if you are not alone, it’s still in your best interest to schedule an appointment at a reasonable time. Meeting someone during late-night hours or at the crack of dawn is a definite no-no.
Keep Track of Your Guests
You should keep a log of who comes into your home. This important security measure will give you more protection in the long run. Ask all of your guests to provide an up-to-date photo ID that displays their full address. I also advise you to jot down a brief description of the person’s vehicle. These facts may come in handy when you least expect it.
Prepare in Advance
Before you invite individuals to tour your home, you will first need to make a few preparations. All of your valuables need to be stored away. Remember, burglars are constantly on the lookout for profitable items like high-end electronics and expensive artwork. This is one of the ways an open house puts you at risk. Also, avoid leaving medications sitting around. The last thing you want is to be hit with a surprise lawsuit.
Use Good Judgement
Never feel obligated to jeopardize your personal safety. Keep an eye out for any suspicious behavior. In the event that a visitor makes you feel uncomfortable, don’t hesitate to call the authorities. Simply keeping your doors and windows locked can make a big difference.
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