Have you ever been locking up after an open house and felt a chill run down your spine? Perhaps you wondered if one of your guests had less than honest intentions. Maybe you simply felt that something was off. Trouble is the last thing you want at an open house or showing, so we’ve compiled the following tips to prevent it from ever appearing.
Secure the Property:
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Make it clear to troublemakers that mischief won’t stand a ghost of a chance.
- Have the property owner invest in motion-sensor lights so no one can creep about your listing unseen!
- Remove all medicines, guns, jewelry, personal photos, bills, and spare keys from the premises to prevent visitors from spiriting away your client’s belongings.
- Check that all doors and windows have proper locks and are being used outside of open houses and showings.
- Complete a perimeter check of the home to ensure that trees and bushes are trimmed back from the house, making it harder for troublemakers to hide.
- Lock any ladders in the shed or garage to make sure no one can enter through the upper levels of the house.
Prepare for the Event:
During your open house or showing, make your personal safety a priority with these steps.
- Introduce yourself to the neighbors beforehand.
- Bring a friend. If there’s not someone who can sit with you, consider using an app like SafeTrek.
- Try to schedule all open houses and showings during daylight hours. If you have to schedule after dark, arrive early and open all curtains and blinds to make it harder for mischief to go unnoticed.
- Require all open house attendees sign in digitally (a Google Sheet works great) and request they show their ID at the door. Knowing their presence has been recorded will discourage visitors from terrorizing your listing.
- After the event, make sure you’re alone in the home, double check that all windows are locked, and relock the doors.
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