Tips on staying safe when selling your home

Independent estate agents and valuers Harrison Murray have some top tips for conducting a safe and confident viewing.

Development director Jackie Scotten said: “There is a very fine line between showing off your home in the best light possible without divulging all your personal information. We are able to advise our sellers of some basic do’s and don’ts if they want to conduct the viewing themselves.

“Otherwise, we have our own staff in our branches who are happy to conduct the viewing on the seller’s behalf, particularly if they are nervous about strangers coming into their home.”

For a safe and confident viewing:

If someone turns up to view your home without an appointment, politely refer them to your agent to arrange a time that suits you.

– Be sure to obtain the viewers details from your agent when arranging times and dates.
– Check you have the right name and contact details of each viewer and ask them to confirm the details on their arrival.
– If you are going to be alone in the house during a viewing, don’t be afraid to ask a friend or neighbour to accompany you.
– Be friendly whilst conducting viewings, but don’t give away too much personal information and be cautious of conversations that may tell people your holiday, work or other plans of when the property is likely to be empty.
– If in doubt – always ask your agent to conduct the viewing on your behalf, ensuring they have the keys and that your home is prepared for a viewing at any time of the day.
– Don’t be afraid to ask your agent for advice about conducting viewing if you want to go it alone.

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