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Securing A Home Office

Dear Phyllis,
   I have been reading your real estate answers for years but I don’t recall this subject coming up: I need to move in the next couple of years. I run my business out of my home and there are several computers and lots of files with confidential information. When my home goes on the market, can I simply lock this room and keep it off limits? I have nothing to hide, but need to be certain that my home office is very secure.   Working From Home

Do you have a real estate question? Ask Phyllis! Email her at Phyllis@HarbandCerpa.com or contact her directly at (818) 790-7325. Phyllis Harb is a Realtor® with Dilbeck Real Estate.

Do you have a real estate question? Ask Phyllis! Email her at
Phyllis@HarbandCerpa.com or contact her directly at
(818) 790-7325. Phyllis Harb is a Realtor® with Dilbeck Real Estate.

Dear Working From Home,
It’s your home and you can dictate showing terms. But there are other options:

• Ideally potential buyers could see the room, without entering. All computers should be turned off (and be password protected). All files should be kept in locked filing cabinets. To further secure this area, consider taping caution tape blocking the doorway when the home is showing. All showings would be accompanied by a real estate agent, either your agent or if your home has lockbox access, the buyer’s agent who your Realtor® will advise as to these showing restrictions.

• Multiple family units are often sold with all offers being made subject to buyer’s inspection. Of course this is never the ideal manner to sell a home for the highest possible price. If you were to opt for this strategy. you should have several blown up photos of the room affixed to the door. Additionally a floorplan sketch and measurements of this room should be at your home available for buyers.

Depending on the number of bedrooms in your home, it may be wise to consult with a home stager. There may be space to bring in a day bed and have the room staged so that it shows as a home office and or guest bedroom. If there isn’t room perhaps some of the older files could be stored in a locked filing cabinet in the garage.

I understand that you are concerned about your home office’s security but I strongly suggest that you not be present for showings as this is almost always awkward for buyers.

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