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How to Keep Your Home Safe During an Open House in Harrisburg PA

How to Keep Your Home Safe 
During an Open House in Harrisburg PA


How to keep your home safe during an open house in Harrisburg PA: Letting complete strangers tour your home is a little unnerving. Along with dealing with lots of unknown visitors, you may also fear judgment for hoarding unfinished Pinterest projects in your Laundry Room!  Most things that can cause social embarrassment are easy to hide, but it is worth putting some thought into keeping your home and belongings secure throughout the process of finding a buyer.

Here are some safety and security tips that protect your home and your peace of mind.


How to keep your home safe during and open house in Harrisburg PA:
Preparing for Your Open House.....

The moment you decide to put your home on the market is the moment that you prepare to host strangers. It's a normal part of the selling process, and you can make yourself feel more comfortable by thinking through the following.

Check with your insurance carrier so you know what your policy covers. Do you have enough insurance to cover any potential property damage? Do you have enough to cover valuables?

Let your neighbors know that you are planning an open house and ask them to keep an eye out for anything unusual.


How to keep your home safe during open houses in Harrisburg PA:
Twas the Night Before The Tour....

The night before your open house, start putting away valuables. If you aren't sure what that might be, consider what the FBI considers valuable. According to the FBI the most commonly stolen items include money, jewelry, office equipment, clothing/furs, electronics, and firearms. As you start to put away these valuables, create a checklist that will help you organize the process for future open houses, and ensure that you don't overlook anything in the rush.

Hide your family calendars: guests really don't need to know when your family plans to be away nor do they need to know where you plan to be.

Put away pictures of your children.

Lock away passports, extra keys, financial statements and social security cards.

Stow wine, liquor, cigars, and prescription drugs.


How to keep your home safe during an open house in Harrisburg PA:
On the Day of the Open House.....

If your Agent arrives while you are still home, be sure to walk through the home and orient them as needed. After you return, check all areas of your house including closets and your backyard. Double check all of the locks on windows and doors to make sure they are secured as they were before the open house started. You can feel great knowing that you are protecting your home and belongings but also helping keep your agent safe.

You just learned how to keep your house safe during an open house in Harrisburg, PA! You are now an open house safety graduate. May your house show well and sell quickly!


I look forward to helping you when you're ready to sell... or buy!



Harrisburg PA Real Estate Expert

Ken Huebsch: Your premier real estate agent in the Greater Harrisburg area.  I am a specialist in Harrisburg real estate as well as the communities of Palmyra, Hershey, and Hummelstown.  My wife Leslye and I have a combined 40+ years' experience serving our clients -We KNOW Harrisburg. When you plan to buy or sell Harrisburg area real estate, allow us to work for you.  We are dedicated professionals and are here for your success. 

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Comment balloon 3 commentsKen and Leslye Huebsch • September 09 2014 05:33PM


Open houses are a great time for the light fingered.  I tell my clients like you suggest, clear out any valuables and medications.  We are not responsible for any lost items

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 5 years ago

Great advice for an open house.All the best.

Posted by Mike Warren (Real Estate) over 5 years ago

     Insurance!   Last year at my Open House, I watched a 3 or 4 year old child race across the living room, through the open French doors, and onto a deck that is about 12 feet above ground.  I cringed, thinking that child was going to go over that deck.  Fortunately, the kid stopped in time.

     But it was a wake up call not just for the Homeowner's Insurance, but for my own General Liability policy.

Posted by Fred Griffin, on leave of absence from ActiveRain, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate) about 5 years ago