11 May 2015
Open Inspection Security 101
These days the security of our homes in important to most households and the chance that our house may be broken into is of real concern to many people. So what precautions should you take when you place your home on the market and welcome complete strangers, potential purchasers, into your home?
To achieve the maximum possible price from the sale of your home you want have as many genuine potential purchasers thru your property. Having open inspections can be the most time efficient way to achieve this. If you do have security concerns, there are some simple steps that you as the home owner can take to make the home secure as possible whilst maintaining excellent presentation.
Check your home and contents insurance policy. You’ll find that the majority of insurance companies cover open inspections in their policies. If yours doesn’t, it may be worth changing policies if you have significant valuables.
Simple thinks like not leaving jewellery and coins visible, portable electronic devices such as mobile phones, iPads, laptops, digital cameras should not be left in view or even in the house. These items can easily be packed into a container and removed from the house during the inspection. Valuable small ornaments and significant artwork should also be given consideration, if they can be replaced with something of less value for the sale presentation period it may be worth considering. Most agencies have access to home staging services who can assist with loan artwork etc to stand in for your one off original.
Points of entry are a key aspect to ensure the security of your home during an inspection. Ensure that there is only one point of entry which doubles as the exit. Keep side and rear gates locked and preferably keep garage/carport doors down (you can even turn off auto roller door controls) to draw all parties thru a single entry point. This ensures that you can monitor all entering and exiting parties.
Care and consideration should be given to how your home is treated throughout the inspections. It is not uncommon for visitors to be asked to remove their shoes when coming into a home. As long as the request is made politely and confidently it is most often complied with. This is especially important during wet weather. In finer weather a few strategically place mats or runners can assist. It’s commonly expected that food and drinks are not taken into open inspections.
When interviewing potential agent’s you should be asking how they manage an open inspection from a security point of view, get examples of how they would approach this in your home to suit your particular needs. The agent should be treating your home as they would like to have their own home treated.