Social Media Tips For New Homeowners
Posting on social media is a normal part of everyday life for many people, so it only makes sense that you would want to document the process of buying a home on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and more. But posting too much or too often can lead to consequences in the long term. Here are some Do’s and Don’ts for showcasing your new home on all your social media accounts:
Do use social media to make it easy to involve friends and family along the way. A Facebook invite or video on your Snap story can be the easiest way to get the word out when you need a moving crew, painters or want to throw a housewarming party. It can also help you keep friends and family that live far away in the know and make them feel included in the process.
Don’t make it easy for potential thieves to do their worst. There are people who lurk social media and watch for opportunities, so it’s never a good idea to post videos of the valuables you keep in the home, new electronics or big ticket items you’ve purchased, or times when you will be away. For example, if you post that you are about to go back to your old home and finish packing the last of your stuff, this lets potential home invaders know that your new home and most of your possessions will be unattended for a period of time.
Do Connect with your neighbors. Social media makes it easy to find friends in your new area that share your interests. Join local meetup groups or follow local community centers to stay informed about events you may want to attend or clubs you might want to try. If you use Twitter or Instagram, try searching the hashtags used by people in your neighborhood or town to see what is going on locally. It’s still important to get out and connect with neighbors in person, but social media can make it much easier.
Don’t be too friendly when selling old or outdated items. Apps and websites that connect people in the same local area can trick you into feeling secure, since you’re selling to a neighbor. But keep in mind that apps like Offer Up, Let Go and Next Door include people within a wide area around your home, so the people can actually live pretty far away from you. Take security measures like meeting at a neutral location or using a service like Paypal so no cash has to change hands.
If you’re looking forward to buying a beautiful new home, The Core Group can help you make that dream a reality. Contact us to get our help finding the right home for you in Central Florida.