How to Stage a Safe Open House
If you’re in the process of selling your home, your Realtor has probably coached you on how to stage your home for an open house. You’ve probably already deep cleaned your home, fixed up any lingering maintenance projects, and removed personal items from the walls and shelves. But, it’s critical to remember that when you open up your home to potential buyers, you open up all of your home, to anyone who walks through the door.
Though it is uncommon in the Sylvania area, drug users across the country are known to seek out open houses as an opportunity to steal drugs from medicine cabinets, jewelry and other valuables to pawn, and personal information so that they can commit fraud to get money for drugs.
With that said, I encourage all of my clients to take extra special caution when holding an open house. Here are a few tips to host a safe open house:
- Remove all drugs from your cabinets, gather up all valuable and personal items, and be sure to lock them up. Don’t just hide them!
- Keep your eye on everyone who enters your home and look for any suspicious behavior. If you have a multi-level home, you may consider asking a few friends to help you monitor potential buyers on each floor.
- Keep your cell phone in your pocket so that if necessary, you are able to contact the police immediately.
- Consider hosting an appointment-only open house so that you can work one-on-one with potential buyers and keep close watch.
About the Author
Craig A. Rush has been a Realtor in the Toledo, Ohio area for more than 35 years. Craig and the Rush Team specialize in helping home buyers and sellers with their Real Estate needs. In his many years of experience, Craig has perfected the art of hosting a safe and successful open house. Visit the Craig A. Rush website to learn more.