“We’re not home this afternoon but feel free to come in and look through all the closets.”
Would you post this online or put a big sign like this in your front yard? Of course you wouldn’t! But this is what happens at an open house when you are trying to sell your home. Strangers walk into your home, through every room and poke through all of your closets, cabinets and drawers. It probably isn’t necessary to be extremely concerned about security but you also don’t want to leave temptations around either.
Before your open house, walk through each room and be sure that there is nothing of value that can be easily picked up and dropped in a pocket or bag. The usual targets are jewelry boxes, medicine cabinets, desks, and little gadgets lying around. Stuffing things into a drawer isn’t good enough. People are as bold as they are nosey and they will open every drawer in the house.
No one is going to walk out of your open house with your giant television but you still want to take precautions so that you don’t up short a few valuable possessions. Here are some tips for a safe open house:
- Lock up all prescription medication, jewelry and devices such as tablets, laptops or portable game systems.
- Password protect computers so they can’t be accessed.
- Store away any valuable or heirloom knick-knacks that could be easily picked up.
- Don’t become a target for identity theft. Lock up all bills, correspondence, and bank statements.
- Make sure your agent uses a sign in sheet to keep track of everyone who enters the home.
- If your home is multi-level, make sure the agent has an assistant on each floor to monitor traffic.
- After the open house is over, ask your agent to ensure each room is empty and to lock every window and door before leaving.