When selling your home, remember that it must not only be presentable for potential buyers; it must also be safe for both them and for you as a seller.
To start, here are some tips that can help you avoid liability from someone getting hurt while viewing your Colorado property.
- Evaluate the outside grounds. If steps to the entrance of the home are loose or cracked, fix them; if theyâ€™re at all slippery, put down rubber mats. Block off any potentially dangerous yard areas and be sure youâ€™ve childproofed decks and pools.
- On the inside, cover any exposed wires and replace any fixture or wiring thatâ€™s unsafe. Move long electrical cords or phone cords out of walking areas, take up slippery throw rugs to prevent a tripping hazard, and fix or replace any wall-to-wall carpet thatâ€™s loose. Handrails should be secure for those visitors who need to use them, and of course pick up clutter for safety as well as looks.
- Some buyers bring their children to a showing, so be sure to lock up medicines, cleaning supplies and household chemicals. Pets should be enclosed or out of the house so they canâ€™t run up and â€œgreetâ€ visitors, particularly kids.
The other side of the coin is ensuring that you and your possessions are also safe during a showing. Sadly, there are unscrupulous people who will come to your Pikes Peak open house and steal from you right then. Or they will scope out the house so they can break in and steal from you later. Here are some precautions against this:
- Donâ€™t display valuables. Keep them locked away.
- Lock up money, credit cards and checkbooks.
- Keep all high-priced (and highly desired) medications locked in a cabinet.
- Remove expensive clothing from closets.
- Have all guests sign a register. It might make a thief think twice about robbing you.
- Donâ€™t discuss your personal habits or schedule with visitors.
- Escort the potential buyers around or at least keep them in sight at all times.
- Have friends or relatives be on site during the showing, or consider hiring a private security guard.
Following these suggestions will make your Colorado Springs propertyÂ safe for prospective buyers as well as for you and your belongings while you work towards a sale.
Along with these steps, itâ€™s important to have the right RealtorÂ® helping you sell. When youâ€™re ready to buy or sell a home in the Pikes Peak area, contact The Roshek Group! We are ready to help you with all of your real estate needs.