Protecting Your Things – What Not to Leave Out at The Open House or House Showing
- Prescriptions and other drugs
- Anything that is valuable and readily accessible
- Your money
- Guns or other firearms
- Cell Phones
- Any heirlooms
- Anything else easily obtainable.One other very important item to put away are your keys! Don’t leave extra keys on a hook or lying around. This is an open invitation for a burglar to come back when you’re not around and take what they want.
- Documents with your personal information.
- Identifying information, like mail with your name on it.
- Signs of smoking.
- Portable heaters.
- Your pets.
- Political signs
- Food that can be snagged from the fridge.
- Anything you don’t want to be stolen.
- Personal and Family photos.When you decide to sell your home, prepare to keep you and your family safe. Lock away all personal documents in a secure location in your home if you cannot take it elsewhere. Ideally, removing it from your home completely would be best practice. If you own a safe, it might make sense to put them there during the open house OR hide them somewhere that visitors are not likely to go, such as a corner of the attic.
Likewise, keeping your home and family safe, you would also want to make it presentable so don’t allow the chance for a potential Buyer to be turned off. Using a fan may seem practical for your but some may think there is something wrong with your cooling system or if you have pets, they may wonder if there’s been any accidents on those floors AND some people may simply not like pets. For an open house, it is a good idea to take your pet somewhere comfortable for the day, put away any space heaters/fans and remove any obscured objects and scents.
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