Selling your house involves a lot of common sense things, namely decluttering, cleaning, putting away the disco ball...but the fact is, you still are allowing people you don't know into your home, and access to every room in the house. This means some basic safety guidelines are in order to protect your privacy and personal things in your home.
1) Hide your valuables. It's exceedingly rare for any buyer to have a seedy agenda when viewing a home, but it's still a good idea to have your important keepsakes tucked away from plain view. Also prescription drugs. Again, 99.9999% of buyers would never even consider illicit activity in regards to being grabby while viewing a house but why not err on the safe side?
2) While we're at it, may as well hide personal information. Credit card info, passport, diary...store it all away!
3) This is maybe the most important one: don't show houses by yourself. There have been documented cases of some truly unfortunate incidents occurring as a result of letting a stranger in for a showing without an agent. Just don't do it.
4) If possible, get pets out of there. Rex might be the most affable dog in the world, but in the very off chance he gets agitated and bites someone, you're liable for any injury that may occur. We realize a lot of situations don't allow for pets to be removed for showings, but when possible, get them out, or at least in a cage.
5) This might seem like common sense, but a lot of sellers try and save the agent some work and leave the door unlocked. Don't do this! Make us go in that lockbox, we honestly don't mind.
Until next time...be smart when selling your house!