1. Prescription Drugs: Remove or lock them up prior to showings.
2. Stow away valuables.Valuables include everything from the mail left on the countertops (which may contain personal information and bank statements) to such items as jewelry, artwork, cellphones, and gaming systems.
3. Remove family photos.
4. Make a house safe for the buyers and the agent. Turn on the lights prior to showings — whether it’s daytime or evening — so that agents and buyers can move safely through the home and not have to face any dark unknowns.sellers should make sure there are no potential hazards in their home, like loose floorboards or carpets. They don’t want to risk someone tripping and falling in their home and potentially open themselves up to liability.
5. Keep the house locked. Doors need to be kept locked at all times. A home is being presented to the public, and it may attract intruders.
6. Beware of unexpected visitors coming to your doorstep. Only real estate professionals using the lockbox should gain access to their home.
The Safety Talk You Need to Have With Clients
September 2014 by Melissa Dittmann Tracey