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Hosting an open house can be a great way to attract prospective buyers, but it also comes with potential risks and dangers for both realtors and homeowners. To learn how to protect you and your property, read on and follow these 5 tips for open house safety.

Protect your valuables

Put away all valuables. This includes cash, medicine, jewelry, electronics, passports, bills, ID’s, family photos and spare keys. To protect your belongings, store them in a safe and don’t hide them in the top dresser drawer (which thieves can access).

Track all visitors upon entry

Have a registration form asking visitors to sign in with their name and phone number. Also, consider asking people to show their photo ID for an additional layer of security. This is one of the best ways to prevent crime from occurring.

Host an open house during daytime

Show properties before dark. If you must have an open house after dark, ensure that the home is well lit and close all curtains and blinds.

Touch base or bring someone

Always let someone know where you will be and what time you plan to be back. Moreover, you can plan ahead by scheduling a time with your office to have them call you and check in with you. Alternatively, you can simply bring a partner to your open house.

Check the home after a viewing

Ensure that all entrances in your home are closed and locked. An open entrance allows the potential for a home invasion. Also, some thieves may plan to break into your home ahead of time by unlocking an entrance during their visit to your open house. For peace of mind, it is best to go through the home after a viewing to check that everything is in the right place.


Renata Harton, Growth Catalyst Intern, Odyssey3D Inc.