Here are some ideas on safeguarding your home during open houses. These ideas are provided by Florida Realtors and some sources from Trulia Inman Realty Times.

  • Never picture anything of value in listing photos
  • Hide TV, computer and wifi passwords
  • Hide bills and other documents that might have your contact information, social security numbers of bank account numbers
  • Lock up prescription medicines
  • Remove checkbook and bank deposit slips
  • Take videos or photos to record what was in each room before the open house occurred
  • Lock up or remove jewelry and antiques
  • Make sure your Realtor has everyone sign in before touring the home
  • Hide extra house keys, car keys and garage door openers
  • After each open house, ask your Realtor to make sure all windows and doors are locked
  • Don't hide anything in your top dresser drawer, a place thieves are likely to look
  • Hide photos that show your family's faces
  • Hide smartphones, tablets and laptops
  • If you'll be away after the open house, ask a neighbor to check that all the doors are locked
  • Shut off desktop computers and lock them with a passcode