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Open HouseIf you want to sell your home, you’ve probably been told that you need to have an open house in order to give a large number of potential buyers the opportunity to take a look inside. But an open house could present a liability issue if someone is injured while on your property. You don’t have to allow this possibility stop you from doing what it takes to successfully sell your home. Instead, use some of these tips for making your open house safer and proceed with confidence.

  1. Fix loose tiles: If you have loose tiles in or outside your home, fix and secure them before buyers start walking through. A simple trip and fall over loose flooring could result in major medical and dental bills that you can very easily avoid.
  2. Lighten up on the furniture: If your home is crowded with furniture and boxes, not only will it look less attractive to buyers but it also becomes more of a safety hazard. Stage your home before your open house and create a large, open space in as many rooms as possible thereby increasing your home’s appeal and reducing its safety hazards.
  3. Check smoke detector batteries: You should do your best to make sure smoke detectors are operational before you have an open house.
  4. Secure pool fences: Make sure your pool’s safety fence is secured and all gates closed before you open your home to strangers.
  5. Board your pets: To avoid dog bites or injury to your pets, make sure they are not at home when you have the open house. If you can, take them out to a park or board them.
  6. Secure shelves and cabinets: When potential buyers walk around your home, they aren’t just looking, they’re also touching. Make sure your cabinet doors and shelves are secure and there is no risk of injury when visitors begin opening and examining them.
  7. Keep floors dry: You may be tempted to wash your floors or hose off your deck before buyers come through, but you need to do that the night before so that they have time to dry. There is no telling what kind of shoes your visitors will be wearing and wet surfaces could increase the risk of injury.
An open house is a great strategy to help get your home off the market and into the hands of a buyer. Protecting yourself from liabilities during the event helps ensure that the process of selling your home doesn’t become a negative experience. Call us today for a free Oklahoma home insurance quote at 800-878-7105.
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