An open house can be a good way to create excitement for your home. Of course you want to hold an open house to attract buyers and get conversation started in the neighborhood about your sale.
But it can also expose you to liability concerns that you may not have considered. If someone is injured on your property, you may be liable for any financial damages that they incur. What are some safety concerns to think about when opening your house to the public?
Someone Could Fall Into the Pool or Hot Tub
A pool or hot tub can add value to a property and make it easier to sell. During an open house, it is important that no one goes near them without proper supervision. In fact, it may be best to take people to see these items by request only, and no children should be allowed to see them at all. Ideally, you will use a locked gate or a tall fence to keep people from getting hurt near any body of water on your property.
Someone Could Have an Allergic Reaction
It is possible that a person visiting your house could have an allergic reaction to flowers used to add curb appeal. A person could also have an allergic reaction to food or drinks that may be handed out during the event. It is also possible that a bee sting or an insect bite could lead to a problem for someone on your property.
Prior to holding the event, it may be a good idea to talk to a personal injury attorney, like those at Blomberg Benson & Garrett, about what exactly you could be held liable for at your open house.
Make Sure That Floors Are Properly Covered
If you have concrete basement floors, it may be a good idea to cover them with rugs. It may also be a good idea to ensure that floors are not wet or slippery as someone could fall and get hurt. Warning signs should be posted in any spots where a person could stub a toe or hit their head on a low ceiling to reduce your liability in the event of an injury.
When attempting to sell your home, it is important to show it off however possible. If you are planning an open house, make sure that you provide a safe environment for everyone who shows up. If you have more questions about open houses or other home selling strategies, talk with a First Team agent. Reach out and we'll connect you with a local professional to help you tackle all the big questions you have about your home sale.