Make sure someone is always there with you and never show your house alone.
Sell Your House Faster! SaginawTX: If a stranger was driving down the street and pulled up in front of your house, would you invite him in? Would you not only take him into your main living area, but into the bedrooms, the bathrooms, the basement, and the attic? The guess here would be absolutely not. Of course you wouldn’t. It would be foolish, in fact, and you’d be asking to get robbed or attacked.
The fact is, when you get a call from a potential buyer that says he’d like to come and see your house for sale, you probably get a little excited and hopeful that this might just be the buyer you’ve been waiting for. You may let your guard down and allow some things to occur in your home that you would never agree to do under other circumstances. So what’s the difference between letting a perfect stranger enter your home to wander through it untethered into even the most intimate settings, and letting a buyer do the same?. You must ask yourself how you know that this person calling to see your house is truly interested in seeing the house for possible purchase.
“All jewelry, small electronic devices, and wallets, etc. should be locked safely away when you have visitors.”
Professional real estate sellers have changed their habits in recent years to include such safety measures as taking someone with them when they show a house, entering the house last after unlocking the door, and getting some identifying information on the buyer in case of an unfortunate incident. They often take the driver’s license number and license number of the vehicle down in case the ‘buyers’ turn out to be thieves casing the house and it’s robbed at a later date. This may seem like a sensitive subject to address, especially since buyers are in scarce supply and you certainly don’t want to offend anyone that could be a potential buyer.
It is prudent, however, to protect yourself by taking some measures that will increase your security when allowing strangers into your home. First, make sure someone is always there with you and never show your house alone. In addition, don’t leave anything out that would be a target for thieves. All jewelry, small electronic devices, and wallets, etc. should be locked safely away when you have visitors. When you take pictures to list the house, leave your expensive items out of the pictures. You could just get an unwanted visit from someone who cruises the listings looking for things to steal and places to steal them from.