Most homeowners don’t want to think about the dangers involved with selling a home; however, Selling a home can be dangerous…especially as a FSBO. So, be careful!
Think about how dangerous a situation can be when someone puts their home up for sale as a FSBO, but then allows everyone that calls to walk through their home-all because they want to save some money while selling the property.
The homeowner opens the door and lets a perfect stranger in. That’s a lot of trust! Then, they tell this stranger about their life story and why they are moving (which is bad in negotiations anyways). Next, they allow them to look at family photos and have details about who is in the home and when they are there.
That is a recipe for disaster!
And, it is even worse when one family member has relocated while the other stays behind to sell the home.
Growing up we were taught not to talk to strangers. We were taught to be careful and be aware of your surroundings. So, why does that change when someone is selling their home?
UNDERSTAND THIS…A real estate professional can be priceless when it comes to the safety and well being of homeowner’s family. A lockbox goes on the home that only other real estate agents have access to. Every time that lockbox is open, the real estate agent is notified. They can even put a special code on the lockbox that requires an agent to have a secondary code to open the lockbox for added security. In addition, real estate agents are trained to only show people homes that have been prequalified or they know.
So, remember…a real estate professional wears many hats in each transaction. One of those hats can ensure a homeowner stays safe by following certain protocalls. That’s worth more than saving a few thousand dollars in commission!
Here are some important safety tips to remember:
- Schedule appointments
- Give contact lists to family or friends
- Only show during daylight
- NEVER, NEVER, NEVER show your home alone to (male or female)
- Let prospects walk in front of you
- Don’t get boxed in when parking your car
- Carry your cell phone
- Carry an alarm or safety device
- Keep valuables out of sight
- Remove family photos
- Be mindful of groups
- Limit the personal information you share
- Be aware of your surroundings AT ALL TIMES!
- Don’t give access to your home to strangers (e.g. with a code box)
- Don’t give your key out
- Remember…If it does not feel right…then it’s NOT right!
- Avoid normal routines when you are coming and going
- BE ALERT for online scammers
- Be very cautious when you receive sight unseen offers
- Don’t put saving money over personal safety
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