It has been a hot, hot seller’s market in Tennessee. Houses are selling faster than the industry average and are going for more than asking price! After the usual cleaning, repairs, and renovations, you may not think you need another trick up your sleeve to help you sell your house quick; but, these security upgrades could help set your home apart from others on the market and pick up the pace on closing.

Giving attention to your home’s safety features promotes a sense of assurance and comfort for potential buyers. The first thing a potential buyer will see when visiting is the front of your house.

  1. Be sure to prune shrubs or bushes so they aren’t going to obscure windows (burglars love a good spot to hide) and clear your walkways. It can also be a good idea to check your railings and/or steps to guarantee they are secure and sturdy.

A tidy house-front is inviting for guests and not the unwanted nefarious kind. And speaking of keeping away unwanted guests, consider your after-dark protection plan.

  1. Motion-activated exterior lighting is easy to install and shed a bright light on would-be burglars.

A potential buyer will appreciate that this simply, but invaluable safeguard is already in place when they move in. Take it a step further with smart home automation and scenes. More on that below. Another easy, yet elegant safety feature is walkway lighting. Provide a clear, illuminated path for those new homeowners!

  1. A monitored security system can be a differentiator and should be.

Homes without security systems are THREE times more likely to be broken into than homes with a security system. If your home has a system installed, you should take advantage of that as a selling point (and feel free to mention that statistic). The transfer to new owners is super easy process, if you work with a great company.

  1. Newer security systems act as smart home hubs and integrate with automation devices like automatic lights, locks, thermostats, and more.

These features are an excellent selling point. Help your potential buyers imagine the convenience of unlocking their door with the push of a button, having their thermostats adjust based on their schedule or the time of day, and having their garage door open when they’re within a preset range. And the biggest advantage in upgrading your security for potential buyers – savings! Most homeowners’ insurance companies offer discounts, some up to 20% on monthly premiums, for monitored security and fire protection.

Tidy up before the open house and be sure your security sign is visible from the road.