Seller Safety Tips

Seller Safety Tips

Seller Safety Tip #1

Please remember that strangers will be walking through your house during showings or open houses. Be sure to hide all valuables in a safe place. For security's sake, remember to remove keys, credit cards, jewelry, crystal, furs and other valuables from the home or lock them away during showings. Also remove prescription drugs. Some seemingly honest people wouldn't mind getting their hands on certain medications or pharmaceuticals.

Seller Safety Tip #2

Don't leave personal information like mail or bills out in the open where anyone can see it. Be sure to lock down your computer and lock up your laptop and other expensive, easy-to-pocket electronics, like phones or tables, before your showing.

Seller Safety Tip #3

Sellers should not show their home by themselves or let anyone stating they are an agent.  Any authorized showing agent should be directed to access the keybox after the Seller leaves. Not all agents, buyers, and sellers are who they say they are. Predators come in all shapes and sizes. We tell our children not to talk to strangers and sellers should not talk to other agents, buyers and should refer all inquiries to your agent.

Seller Safety Tip #4

Sellers should be responsible for their pets. If possible, animals should be removed during showings. A pet that feels uncomfortable might run out the door to avoid strangers and might not return to a stranger when they try to call them back.  Buyers and agents could potentially be attacked, and the owner will be held liable.  

Seller Safety Tip #5

When you return home after a showing or open house, immediately verify that all doors and windows are locked and all valuables accounted for.