Something that a lot of people don't take into account when they are selling their homes is their children's safety. You are going to be having a lot of strangers walking through your home in the next few weeks or months and your children's safety should always be a top concern.
Here are some tips that you should follow to keep your children safe when you are selling your home.
Make Sure Buyers Have a Real Estate Agent
If somebody walks up to your home and knocks on your door for a viewing, let them know that you want to talk to their real estate agent first. You can ask for their agent's number while they wait and you can give them a call. This will let you know whether they are really a person in the market for a new home. If you still feel uncomfortable about letting this person into your home, tell them to make an appointment with your real estate agent first and come back later.
Remove Photos of Children From the Home
Take down any pictures you have of your children. Your real estate agent will take pictures of your rooms and you don't want any of these photos being shown on the Internet.
Don't Leave Your Children's Schedules Out During Viewings
Don't leave any schedules out that show where your children will be at certain times. Any schedules should be taken down, in fact, so that strangers don't find out when you will be in the home and when you are going to be out.
Take Children Out of the House When Showings Are Scheduled
Take children out of the house when showings are scheduled. You never know who may have arranged to come by for a real estate viewing. These individuals do not need to have access to your children when they come to the house. Even if you will be there, having strangers see your children in their home environment can be uncomfortable for everyone involved. Additionally, even if there is nothing amiss, it does not do anything to help sell your home and it may make it more some buyers uncomfortable to have additional people in the home when they are trying to view the house.
It doesn't really take much to protect your children when you are selling your home and you'll feel so much better if you implement these suggestions. It's always best not to leave anything to chance.