I tell my clients to secure their valuables before showing their home. This includes jewelry, money, and prescription medication. However, some people don’t consider personal paperwork as part of their “valuables”. But they should. You never know who’s roaming through your home. Any visitor could be a potential thief. Identity theft strikes as many as nine million people in the US each year. Take the necessary steps to avoid falling victim to this crime while you put your home on the Havasu real estate market.
Lock Up Your Personal Paperwork
Bank statements, tax documents (including property tax statements for your real estate in Lake Havasu), retirement account information, checkbooks, and any other financial documents should be kept locked up and away from prying eyes. Lock these up in a heavy filing cabinet. Portable filing systems make it easy to rifle through and take the info needed to cause financial damage down the road. Thieves might simply pull out the info they want, take a quick pic with their smartphone, and put the documents back without you even realizing they were compromised in the first place. Keep them under lock and key and out of sight to diminish temptation while your home stays on the market.
Some people keep copies of their paid bills for accounting purposes. That’s especially true when it comes to their home office. Thieves can use this information to gain access to more of your financial information. Then, they use that to steal your identity and harm your future finances. Keep these under lock and key as well.
Finally, did you perform work on your property before putting it up for sale? Even if you simply seek out estimates on work that needs to be done on your home, hide it from view. Buyers might look at these documents to determine what discounts they ask for in their offer. While the law requires sellers to disclose any repairs or renovations they performed during escrow, it does not require full disclosure of the money spent. Talk to your Lake Havasu REALTOR® to help you determine when/if disclosure of your spending might be necessary to seal the deal.
Alexis Steel – 928-303-2199
Keller Williams Arizona Living Realty
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