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March 5, 2024

Selling Your Home? Here’s How to Protect Yourself

Selling Your Home? Home Safety Tips

Selling your home can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. On one hand, you’re moving on to a new chapter of your life. On the other hand, you have to worry about the safety and security risks that come with having strangers walk through your home. It’s important to take steps to protect yourself and your property during the selling process.  We’ll share some tips on maintaining privacy and safety while selling your home.

Hire a real estate agent

One of the best things you can do to protect yourself is to hire a real estate agent. They have experience in dealing with buyers and can help you navigate through the selling process safely. A reputable agent will conduct background checks on potential buyers and make sure they are pre-approved for financing before allowing them into your home.

Be honest in your seller’s disclosure statement

Honesty in your seller’s property disclosure statement is crucial. Concealing incidents of damage, like fire or water damage, may seem beneficial in the short term but can lead to legal repercussions if discovered later during inspections or after the sale. Fulfilling the responsibility of full disclosure not only aligns with legal obligations but also ensures peace of mind post-sale. Remember, complete transparency is key – so when in doubt, disclose!

Control access

One of the best ways to protect yourself while selling is to control access to your home. This means scheduling appointments in advance and only allowing people into your home who either you or your real estate agent have pre-approved. To further secure your property, consider using a lockbox for key access so that only authorized individuals can enter.

Limit personal information

When listing your home online or providing information to potential buyers, avoid sharing personal details about yourself and your family. This includes full names, phone numbers, email addresses, and any other sensitive information that could be used against you. Keep conversations focused on the property.

Secure valuables

Before showings, make sure to take inventory of all valuable items in your home and either secure them in a safe place or remove them from the house altogether. This includes jewelry, cash, prescription medication, and small electronics. You should also consider locking up any personal documents like passports, social security cards, or bank account information.

Be cautious during showings

During showings it’s critical to remain vigilant and aware of your surroundings. It’s important to ask for identification from anyone who requests a viewing of your property. Consider limiting showings to certain times of the day when you’ll be available or when someone else will be present in the house. Keep your exterior doors and windows locked. You may consider installing additional security measures like cameras or alarm systems. You can also request that your real estate agent accompany potential buyers during showings to provide an extra layer of security. Never let anyone wander around unsupervised or give out keys to the property unless authorized by your real estate agent.

Trust your instincts

Finally, trust your instincts! If something feels off about a potential buyer or situation during the selling process, listen to your gut and take action. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from your real estate agent or even law enforcement if you feel unsafe.

Knowing strangers will be walking around your home can make you feel vulnerable. While most homeowners don’t experience any issues, you’ll feel more confident knowing you’ve taken proper precautions. These tips will help you maintain privacy and safety while showing your home and make the selling process go smoothly.

Once you’re ready to sell your current home, it’s time to start looking for a new one! We build new homes and communities throughout Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Washington. Visit us at to learn more about our neighborhoods, view floorplans, and find the right home for your family.