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How to Protect Your Personal Information When Your Home is Listed for Sale

 For many homeowners who are listing the home they currently live in on the market for sale, protecting their privacy may be an afterthought. While your real estate agent will be in attendance at showings and open houses, there are other things you can do to ensure optimal privacy while your property is listed for sale.


For many homeowners who are listing the home they currently live in on the market for sale, protecting their privacy may be an afterthought. While your real estate agent will be in attendance at showings and open houses, there are other things you can do to ensure optimal privacy while your property is listed for sale.

You are likely aware that it's important to remove personal items, such as family photos from your home, but it's not just to allow them to envision their own portraits on the walls. Wedding photos and other personal achievements, such as diplomas, should be taken down. Overtly religious views may be present in church photos or other holiday decor, and protecting your identity may provide a quicker sale. This is because some buyers may not feel comfortable buying a home previously owned by a lawyer or someone of a conflicting religion.

While you will probably have a designated junk drawer, you should avoid throwing mail and other personal paperwork into one place that is easily accessible by prospective buyers. A lot of personal information is forwarded through mail, including documents from insurance providers, banks and government agencies. If this were to fall into the wrong hands, you could face some trouble with your finances and identity. Before allowing others into your home, be sure all your personal paperwork and mail is out of sight and not easily found by those who may be visiting your home for an alternate reason.

Your vehicle can reveal more information about you than you may be aware of, so it may be wise to park your vehicle in your garage when there is a "For Sale" sign in your front yard. Before your open house, you can move your car to a friend or neighbor's driveway to help protect your privacy.

Many homeowners tend to keep private items in their closets, so cleaning out this part of your home before potential buyers arrive can prevent them from finding personal items. These items should be put into moving boxes and relocated to your new home or another storage space within your home, rather than out in the open for all to see.

For consumers interested in new homes for sale in Florida, it's important they know how to move through the process. GL Homes can help consumers know what the latest trends are for homes in Florida so they know exactly what they want in their new home.