- Strangers will be walking through your home during showings or open houses. Hide any 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 a bottle of Vicodin, uppers or downers.
- 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 any other expensive, easy-to-pocket electronics, like iPods, before your showing.
- Do not show your home by yourself. 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. So you should not talk to other agents or buyers. Refer all inquiries to Gwen.
- You are responsible for your pets. If possible, animals should be removed during showings. Be aware that buyers and agents are sometimes attacked, and you will be held liable.
- When you return home after a showing or open house, you should immediately verify that all doors are locked and all valuables accounted for.
(Adapted from REALTORSafety911.com; Realty Times; ThinkGlink.com)