Home Selling Security Tips
In recent years, there has been a troubling increase in the number of con artists, thieves, and other criminals masquerading as prospective home buyers in an attempt to gain access to a property, or worse, its occupants.My name is Betty Garcia, and as an experienced REALTORģ in your area, Iím trying to do my part to make the home selling and buying process smoother and safer for all involved. To help prevent FSBO sellers from falling victim to unscrupulous criminals, I have compiled a list of effective security precautions that Iíd like to share with you today.
Do screen prospective buyers over the phone, asking as many questions as you need to feel comfortable, before making an appointment.
Donít make an appointment with a prospective buyer until youíve gotten their name and number and verified the information.
Do leave the prospective buyerís name and information with a trusted neighbor, friend, or relative before showing the home.
Donít provide information about your homeís security features.
Do let potential buyers know youíll be asking for ID, and make a copy of their license or write down their information when they arrive.
Donít say anything that might reveal your schedule to prospective buyers.
Do keep a detailed log including names, addresses, ID information, and tag numbers of everyone whoís looked at your home.
Donít be alone when showing your property; try to have at least one other adult present.
Do carry your cell phone with you when showing your home.
Donít let prospective buyers out of your sight during home showings.
Do hide or remove prescription drugs, guns, jewelry, and other valuables.
To reduce these security risks for my clients, I carefully prescreen prospective buyers before arranging a showing to ensure they are both sincere in their inquiry and financially qualified to purchase the home in question.
If, at any time, you decide you could benefit from the services of a client- focused REALTORģ dedicated to selling your home for top dollar, please give me a call at 786 229 3636