You’ve done everything you’re supposed to when getting your North County home ready to sell. You’ve cleaned it top to bottom, staged it to perfection, and spruced up your curb appeal to attract potential buyers. But there’s one key thing you may have overlooked — keeping your valuables and personal information safe during the selling process. It’s not uncommon for sellers to forget to protect themselves in this way, so we’re here to tell you how to make sure you’ve got all your bases covered.
Create a hiding spot
If you’re living in your home while it’s on the market, then it’s essential to create a hiding spot for all your valuables. Items that you should consider hiding include:
- Medical information
- Prescription medication
- Tax and other financial paperwork
- Documents with personal information like social security cards, passports, and birth certificates
- Expensive jewelry
- Firearms or other weapons
- Any items that are irreplaceable
Buyers will be looking at your home from top to bottom during a showing. You should assume that they will be opening every cabinet, drawer, and closet. Create a safe spot where you can lock these items up. It can be a room, closet, or drawer — or even an actual safe or lockbox. Any items that are of particular concern should be stored off-site in a storage unit or taken with you when you leave during a showing.
Remove all personal photos
De-personalizing your home is part of the staging process. After all, you want potential buyers to be able to envision themselves living in the house, which can be tough when pictures of your grandmother are staring at them. But removing personal photos also helps to protect your identity, so it’s smart to keep them packed up and stored away while you’re selling.
Lock all doors except for one
It’s important to limit how easy it is to access your home. When you leave your home for a showing, lock all the doors except for the primary entrance. Your agent should double-check to make sure all doors are locked so that it’s easier to keep track of who is coming and going.
Have buyers sign in
If you’re having a large open house, then it may not be possible to have everyone sign in. But when it is possible, you should record the names and phone numbers of the buyers who are viewing your home. Should anything go missing, you will have a record of who has been in your home.
Secure vacant homes
Finally, it is especially important to think about security if you’re not currently living in the home you’re selling. If your home is vacant, then it can be very attractive to would-be criminals. Secure all exterior doors and if possible install a security system so you can see if there is any unusual activity in the home while it’s empty.
Contact the Clark & Gilman Team today!
Are you ready to sell your North County San Diego home? Then contact the Clark & Gilman Team at 760-758-1211 or [email protected] today. We’ve been helping North County San Diego homeowners sell their properties since 1978, and we’d love to help you sell yours!