Safety Tips Your Clients Should Heed

September 19, 2013

Since September is REALTOR® Safety Month, California's Silicon Valley association has joined in reminding its members to regularly review the National Association of REALTORS®' safety tips and share them with their home-buying clients. Here are a few that the association came up with:

  • Make sure all doors to the outside of a home are metal or solid hardwood and have good, sturdy locks. 
  • Sliding glass doors should be secured with commercially available bars or locks. 
  • Make sure all windows — especially those at ground level — have good locks, and use them. 
  • Lighting is important, so be sure all porches and other possible entrances are well illuminated. Motion-sensing lights are an especially good option for outdoor lights.
  • Keep any bushes or trees that hide doors or windows trimmed.
  • Keep a tight rein on trash. Those homeowners who recently bought big-ticket items, such as a new entertainment system, should not put the empty boxes out by the curb. It can attract the attention of would-be thieves. A better idea is to cut the boxes down and stuff them in trash bags.

Source: "Realtors Share Some Tips for Keeping Your Home Secure," San Jose Mercury News (September 16, 2013)

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