Safety Tips for Sellers

March 14, 2011

We live in a world where, whether we like it or not, we can’t trust everybody all of the time. Having a sign in your yard puts you in a position of letting strangers into your personal, private space. Follow these tips for a safer experience:

  • Do not show the home yourself: When somebody comes knocking on your door or sitting in front of the home, do not invite them in.¬†Ask your agent about showing protocol in your market: Most potential buyers will work with an agent and should only be at the property with a licensed real estate agent. This is also a useful tip that will aid you in negotiation. Refer the potential buyers to your listing agent, who is skilled at asking “qualifying” questions.
  • Keep your doors and windows locked. Anybody can drive by and see people walking in and out of your home and think nothing of it because there is a “for sale” sign in your yard. Agents who have permission to be at your home will know how to get in.
  • Have your agent use a keybox – Most real estate agents use keyboxes. If your agent uses the digital-style of keybox, known locally as a “Supra,” then real estate agents must have the matching “key” to access the keybox and therefore, a record will be kept of who entered your home and when.
  • Keep the keybox INSIDE until you have a requested showing: THEN remember to move the keybox OUTSIDE.
  • If you are going to be gone on vacation or if the home is empty, install a timer and change the time and location of its operation.
  • If you are not living in the home anymore, ask a neighbor, friend, or relative to regularly remove the built-up phone books, door hangers, or weekly newspapers.

These are just a few common-sense tips. Do you know of any others? Please feel free to share!