Most of the people who will view your home are honest. But to be on the safe side, you need to remember that it only takes one criminal to ruin your day.
With that in mind, take a few precautions.
First, never open your door to a stranger who happened to see your yard sign. Be pleasant, but let them know that they need to be accompanied by an agent. And if someone claiming to be an agent shows up without an appointment or a proper lock box key, refer them to your listing agent to make an appointment.
If you have children – instruct them not to open the door to any strangers when they're home alone. If someone has made an appointment, be sure to let them know in advance so they can be out of the house.
When your home is on the market, keep valuables and personal items under lock and key. That includes cash, credit cards, checkbooks, and your personal mail. Identity thieves like to pick up credit card bills, insurance papers, check stubs and even birthday cards.
And… lock up your prescription medications, especially if you take pain killers or tranquilizers of any kind.
Buyers' agents here in Vancouver do their best to keep an eye on visitors they bring to your home – but it isn't always possible to watch everyone at once. So be safe – remove temptation.
Are you ready to put your home on the market? Call me, and I'll tell you about the steps we take to keep you safe.