When you are selling your home, you are going to have more attention on your property than you are probably used to. This means that people will have access to your home that wouldn’t usually be a part of your life. You need to take action to protect yourself so you can stay physically and financially safe in your home while you go through the process of getting it sold.
Use an Agent
If you really want to protect yourself throughout the sale of your home, it is important to have a realtor on your side. They can help you to navigate the process and to screen potential buyers. A good real estate agent knows what to look for in potential clients and will be able to recognize red flags. They can also help you to figure out what you need to do to keep your home and family safe while you are selling your house.
Know the Other Party
Most people sell their homes to strangers, but it can really help to know the other party. This doesn’t mean you need to be friends or family members with potential buyers, but it helps to have a little knowledge of them. Knowing the other person can help you avoid getting scammed. If they have their own realtor that can help as well since your real estate agent can likely learn whether they have a good reputation.
Schedule Access to Your Home
One thing that can make it difficult to stay safe while selling your home is when other people have constant access. Not only can this hurt your safety, but it can also make your life overly complicated and difficult to handle. Work with your realtor to figure out a schedule for showings that actually works for you. If you can make that happen, it will start to feel more comfortable and you can work showings around your life, rather than the other way around. Figure out the days and times that work best for you to show your home, and stick to that schedule as best as you can.
By taking action from the beginning stages of selling your home, you can protect your safety. You don’t have to go through the process alone, and having a little help can go a long way. Start early so you can take time to plan and prepare for the process of selling your home.
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