So your landlord or an agent has called to say that she needs to show your home.
For owners this should come as no surprise. If your house is on the market, showings will happen and your agent will probably request that you absent yourself while they occur.
For renters, showings may be a surprise as they can happen at any time of year. You don't have to be moving out. A showing in the middle of your lease does not necessarily mean that your apartment building is for sale! Your landlord may be trying to get a better insurance rate or refinance the property. Both of these tasks could require access to your apartment. You should grant it provided that your landlord gives you proper advance notice.
Regardless of who is coming to view your apartment, though, you can be certain of one thing - strangers will be entering your living quarters and you may not be able to be home when it happens. Whether it's a new prospective renter, an appraiser or a Realtor, you'll want to take precautions to make sure that you've safeguarded your belongings. After all, your landlord's insurance won't cover the items if they go missing or get damaged.
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Here are ten things you can do to make sure your stuff stays safe when your home has an encounter with stranger danger.