- I just wanted to share some important safety tips for anyone that is selling their home. This applies to sellers listed with a Realtor and especially For Sale By Owners. FSBO's are especially vulnerable because they have total strangers calling them so they can enter their home. My suggestion for a FSBO is never show the home alone. Always have a partner
- Stow away valuables. During showings, sellers cannot always depend on the agent to watch every move a client makes. Be sure to safeguard all jewelry, prescription drugs, and small poachable items.
- Remove family photos. Agents have often told sellers to do this as a way to allow potential buyers to envision themselves in the house. It’s now a safety concern. What if a pedophile is the buyer prospect and he’s checking out pictures of your children?
- Do not allow unscheduled showings. With mobile listings, people know when your house is on the market. It’s not unusual for prospective buyers to ring your doorbell and ask to see your house. Don’t let them in. All showings should be coordinated with your listing agent.
- Before leaving the house for a showing, turn on all the lights. This way, both the agent and the prospective buyer are safe while touring the home. It would also prevent burglars from taking advantage of dark corners.
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Larry Porter, Associate Broker, CRS, GRI, e-Pro, Military Relocation Professional, USN Retired
Lori Porter, ABR, GRI, MRP, HRRA Circle of Excellence Gold Award, HRRA Longevity Award
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