Safety Steps for Listing Your Home

Home Security KCListing your home for sale is an exciting time – it’s often the first step you will take in a move toward a new home!

Before your listing goes live, it’s important to take steps to ensure your safety, as well as the safety of potential buyers who will be touring your home. Review the steps below to make sure your home is show-ready.

Remove Valuables: It’s a good idea to remove or secure valuable items from your home. Do not leave expensive jewelry or cash lying around. If you don’t have a safe place in your home for valuables, consider a safety deposit box.

Safeguard Breakables: Showings might include young children. If you have breakable items in easy-to-reach spots around your home, move them out of reach or store them while your home is on the market.

Protect Against Identity Theft: During showings and open houses, there will be people in and out of your home you do not know. Don’t leave out documents with sensitive information, credit card statements or bank information.

Check Entry Points: It’s smart to check your home after showings or open houses to ensure all doors, windows and access points are properly closed and locked.

Secure for Safety: To protect yourself and potential buyers, walk through your home and secure or remove items that could pose a danger, like firearms or prescription medication.

Pet Safety: If possible, it’s ideal to remove pets from your home for showings. When that’s not the case, be sure they are in proper kennels, cages, etc. for their security and for the comfort of potential buyers.

Be Mindful of Hazards: While you don’t have to worry about shoveling your drive this time of year for buyers to safely access your home, check for uneven floors or other potential hazards. Correct these or take steps to point such items out for people viewing your home.

I would love to help get your home ready to market and handle your listing. Give me a call at (913) 980-2434 to discuss a plan for your home!