9 Security Tips for Sellers

Reblogger Ted J. Macy
Real Estate Agent with Top Agents Atlanta Metro

Now here is some sound advice for all of us in ActiveRain Community to watch out for.Safety of your person as well as that of the homes you show is your responsibility. Depending on where you live, who you show home to, or other circumstances, you should be aware of these suggestions and more.

Original content by Bill Bein

When you put a home on the market, it’s important to practice some common-sense security tips:

1.  For your own safety, never set an appointment with anyone to see your home unless they have given you their name and number and you have called back to verify that number. An easy way to do this is to say. “Let me check with my husband/wife for the best time and I will call you back.” Use this method even if you are not married.

2.  Never let potential buyers know your schedule. Don’t ever tell them when you won’t be at home, when your spouse won’t be home, when you pick up the kids, when you work, when you will be on vacation, etc.

3.  Never give a caller information about your home’s security such as deadlock bolts, security systems, and so forth.

4. Always have a back-up plan when you allow strangers into your home, especially if you have children. Have a neighbor look out for you until the lookers have gone.

5. Never let a stranger into your home without seeing some identification. If the person says he/she is a real estate agent, ask for a card, then call his/her office to verify the information if you don’t recognize the person.

6. Keep a log of everyone who has looked at your house. Get their name, telephone number, address, car description, tag number, and any additional information that could be helpful in the event of a future burglary. All of these people would be suspects.

7. If you make a flyer to advertise your home, don’t include any information that might breech security.

8. Remove from sight all valuables, including guns, jewelry, silverware, and collections. Recently, there was an incident in South Florida where a couple was going around with a real estate agent and stealing things from houses they visited. The couple actually stole over $150,000 worth of valuables. If possible, screen all potential buyers via a thorough pre-qualification process before you let anyone into your home.

9. Never leave strangers alone, and watch their every move while they’re in your home. One of the latest scams, according to Real Estate Today magazine, involves prescription drugs. A nice-looking, clean-cut couple will make an appointment to view your house. Once inside, one of them will ask to use the bathroom and will search for prescription drugs while inside. There is a huge market for such drugs. So make certain your prescription drugs are well-hidden before anyone looks at your home.

 

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Patrick White
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Good Evening Ted

Thanks for the post and information. Have a great day

Dec 25, 2011 08:53 PM #1
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Sara Homan
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Ted,

 

The best advice is to choose a good Realtor and don't waste your time and risk your life with a For sale by owner...it's a great way to invite TROUBLE!

Dec 25, 2011 09:09 PM #2
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Mark Geis
Coldwell Banker, Mulleady, Inc. Realtors - Eagle River, WI

Very good points!   We had a close call up in, what I find to be, the safest part of the world last year...   shows this type of stuff can happen anywhere...  

 

 

Dec 25, 2011 09:09 PM #3
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Ted J. Macy
Top Agents Atlanta Metro - Milton, GA

Patrick, Thannks for viewing the ReBlog

Sara, I agree, FSBO sellers have a lot more at stake, when agents take buyers to see propeties, our job is not only to show them the porperty, it is also our responsibility to be watchful of where they are going and touching, one of the best ways is to be sure everyone is in the same group.

Mark, this happens just about anywhere more than two people gather., thanks for reading.

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