25 Sep 2014

Mark Zawaideh

Should you Continue to Use your Home Security System While Selling Your Home?

Home Security SystemIf you’re trying to sell your home and you have a security system, you may be wondering if you should keep the security system on during the selling process. This is especially useful when you plan to leave the house vacant.

When you’re not living there any longer, you may want to protect the home, since you can’t keep an eye on it all the time. Something to consider, would it be easier to deal with a security alarm or a potential theft? Here is a look at the pros and cons of using a security system.

Why it’s a good idea to use the security system

Deciding to keep your security system in use is helpful if you think the area you live in is a bad area. If it will keep you feeling at ease from your new home, it may give you peace of mind to keep it on. In addition, if your house is going to appear vacant, it may be useful to have extra security.

Why it’s a bad idea to use the security system

If you choose to keep the security system, you may run into a number of issues including:

  • You may find the alarm goes off by accident when an agent is trying to show the home. They may not know how to turn off the alarm, which means you’ll be aggravating the potential buyers.
  • If you have a security alarm and have to give the code out on your MLS listing, it no longer is confidential. Even if it’s not on the MLS listing, it may be tucked into the mailbox or lockbox where an agent may accidently lose it. If someone gets it, you may find that they’ve given your code out to someone untrustworthy that takes advantage of that.
  • If you don’t give out the code, you may find the alarm goes off on accident and there is no one to turn it off.
  • When the alarm does go off, the company will call the house and if no one answers, they’ll send the authorities.

While having an alarm has its pros and cons, it may be better to disable the security system while your home is on the market. You don’t want to scare off potential buyers or cause your agent an awkward situation.

Topics: Seller Tips