Keep Your Belongings Safe During An Open House

If your home is on the market or will be soon, your agent may have already planned to hose an open house in your home. Open houses are a fantastic way to show buyers what is special about your property, and allows a greater number of prospective buyers to view your home without scheduling a private showing. No online tour can compare to physically being in the space and getting a feel for the home. However, if you are planning an open house, there are a few steps you should take to protect your home and your belongings.

First, try not to worry too much. It’s good to take precautions, but don’t let fear overwhelm you. Realtors are very accustomed to running open houses, and your home will be in good hands. For your own piece of mind, it’s a good idea to remove any truly valuable items from the premises, such as expensive jewelry, or place it in a hidden wall safe. Lock file cabinets that may contain personal information, account numbers, etc. It’s likely that prospective buyers will open closet and cabinet doors and drawers, so you may also want to remove prescription drugs from the medicine cabinet. This is as much your medical privacy as it is the risk of them being stolen.

It’s impossible to have eyes and ears in every room at all times, even if multiple agents are hosting your open house. If you have serious concerns about unscrupulous people absconding with your stuff, you can install small security cameras in each room that feed to your computer. If you put the cameras in plain sight, just the presence of cameras may be a deterrent to petty thievery, and help your piece of mind. If someone is brazen enough to take anything, you will have them on camera as evidence.

Agents typically do not advice that sellers attend the open house. You don’t want to appear to be hovering over attendees or stalking them, which may make them think twice about dealing with you. However, you have concerns and think you want to be present during the open house, then talk to your Realtor®.  He or she wants the event to be successful, which includes you being comfortable with the process. So share your concerns, and your agent will discuss the relevant pros and cons with you. Then make an informed decision. Your Realtor® can also walk through the home with you and help you decide what items you may want to remove, from a professional perspective. 

For more information regarding how you can protect your home and your belongings during an open house, check out this article at RealtyTimes.

Let my team at Keystone Realtors® meet all your real estate needs. I have over 16 years of experience in buying and selling in the Santa Clara and San Mateo County areas, specializing in the high-end, luxury market. Visit our website at Keystonesv.com for listings and information. You can contact me at 650-924-2544, or email at paul@keystonesv.com.

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