Playing It Safe When Your Los Angeles Home Is On The Market
You will have all manner of people- real estate agents, potential buyers and looky-loos- trooping through your house during open houses and showings. While I like to assume the best about people, I also think its important to play it safe.
Here’s 5 tips for safety while your home is on the market:
- Lock up or hide all prescription medications. They are usually expensive, easy to sell on the street and are a prime target for thieves.
- Lock up or hide personal papers or bills. Don’t leave your social security number or account numbers in plain sight for identity thieves. Its no one’s business how much you owe or how much money you have in your checking account.
- Lock up or hide jewelry, cash or collectibles. That signed baseball, silver Tiffany dinner bell, or diamond tennis bracelet are very enticing to someone with sticky fingers.
- Don’t leave extra keys in plain sight. Its an open invitation to a thief to come back later and help themselves when no one is around.
- Lock up or hide any firearms or weapons you may own. Hiding them in a drawer next to the bed or in your sock drawer is not good enough. Lock them in a safe or remove them from the house.
Yes, your listing agent will take every precaution to make sure your home and possessions are safe and secure, but they can’t be everywhere at once. Often theft teams will use one person to engage the real estate agent, while other members of the team case the house.
Follow these tips and play it safe when your Los Angeles home is on the market.