Keep Your Home Safe During the Holidays

December is here, the Thanksgiving leftovers are long gone, and the holiday season is in full swing. Real estate season lasts all year, however, and if your home is on the market, you can expect a potential showing at any time. The holidays can be chaotic, and with strangers marching through your home it behooves you to take steps to ensure your property remains safe and sound.

Don’t Let Just Anybody Into Your Home

This tip is the most important of all. Your doorbell rings, and the nice couple standing there wants to come inside and see your home. You get a good vibe from them so they seem harmless, right?

Wrong. Too often home owners have been robbed, attacked, or worse because they let someone into their home when it was on the market. All showings should be done either through your listing broker or another buyer’s agent. While no one can guarantee your security, real estate professionals track and time stamp all showings, while also pre-qualifying potential buyers before they ever step foot in your home.

If someone comes to your door asking to see your home, politely inform them that all showings need to go through your broker and that you’d happily provide to them your broker’s contact information.

Christmas Gifts

All those beautifully wrapped gifts look fantastic under your perfectly decorated Christmas tree, but all a thief sees is an irresistible opportunity. Before a showing, store your Christmas gifts in large, unmarked cardboard boxes and place them in an out of the way location, such as a closet or your garage. It’s a pain, yes, but less painful than having them stolen.

Jewelry

Holiday parties are a staple of the holiday season, which means people tend to dress up and wear jewelry more often. Jewelry is a favorite target of thieves, and you’re taking a great risk if you leave it sitting out. Jewelry boxes on your nightstand aren’t much of a defense, either; when not in use, keep your valuables in a safe or hidden in an out of the way spot.

Prescription Drugs

Drug abusers are also a threat to your home. If you or your family take any kind of medication, expect to see it disappear if a drug user gets into your home, particularly since drugs are about the easiest item to steal. Hide all prescription drugs before any showing; you could even take them with your when you leave your house.

Using a real estate professional for all showings drastically reduce the risk to your home and belongings, but even they can’t see every move a potential buyer makes in your home. By removing the temptation and opportunity for a thief, you help ensure that your home and possessions will remain safe and secure.

 

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