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Home Buyer or Seller? Think of the Safety of You and Your Family FIRST!!

Hey, Bill Black here! Whether you’re a home buyer or seller, safety should be one of your primary concerns when it comes to putting a property on the market or visiting such a property. Let me explain...

Let’s assume you’re a home seller and, of course, are going to have prospective buyers come to your property.

You want to make sure they have a pleasant and safe experience.

In the winter, that means you need to clear the ice and snow off the sidewalks and the driveway to prevent accidents. The last thing you need is an unhappy buyer with a broken arm or leg! You not only lose a possible sale but may end up with a lawsuit as well.

At any time of the year, make sure your property is well-lit, not only for the safety of potential buyers but for you and your family as well. That way, any hidden trip items (steps, toys, rakes, etc.) are removed. Plus, of course, burglars hate light!

Open houses can also be a safety issue, and that’s why I don’t do them for my sellers. 

There’s always the potential for complete strangers to come tramping in and case your property so they can come back later for drugs, jewelry, firearms, or money. Why take the chance?

And, speaking of firearms, please put any unlocked weapons in a safety deposit box when you’re expecting an appointment with potential buyers! If they bring children with them, then you’re asking for disastrous trouble. Kids are naturally curious, and they’ll get into things you never expect them to.

The same goes for pets!

I’d recommend that you remove any potentially dangerous pet from the home while buyers are visiting.
Needless to say, any animal bite can be extremely serious and may leave you open to law suits if Fido bites the stranger in your house! Heck, I once had buyers in a house and discovered the owners had…snakes!

Believe me, reptiles are not a good way to sell your home!

Now, if you’re a buyer, you can protect your safety and that of your family by asking ahead of time if there are any pets, firearms, etc. in the property you’re going to visit.

Lastly, I’d like to mention an issue that concerns everyone’s safety in a general sens
e – drinking and driving. 

Now, I know that you’d never do this, particularly when it comes to buying or selling a home.However, last year, I had the awful experience of going to the funeral of a friend whose daughter had been killed by a drunk driver. No one should have the agonizing experience of burying their child.

So, I’d like you to watch the video below and see a powerful message on drinking and driving. And then, I’d like you to send that message to everyone you know and ask them to pass it on. One child’s death from a drunk driver is one too many!

Hey, I welcome your calls about any safety issues when it comes to buying or selling a home – or on any other real estate matter! Call me today at (402) 680-2500 or contact me right now at bill.black@cbshome.com.

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