|Selling Your Home - A FSBO's Guide to Keeping It Safe
Selling your home as a FSBO, you need a guide to keep safety in mind when prospecting potential
buyers. The real estate industry has seen a problematic climb in assaults towards realtors, and so is
the concern for those who are selling their homes by themselves.
Here are just seven ways designed specifically to protect you, your family, and your home, from
- Fully screen callers before allowing them an appointment for seeing your home. Ask all the
questions: name, existing address, and telephone number. Where are they employed? Why are they looking to
buy? Do they have a family in the area? Any children? Ask as many questions until you feel comfortable
with this person.
- Do not let unannounced visitors into your home unless you have their information first. If you are
alone in the house, have them come back later when there are others home. There is no reason why someone
cannot be professional and make an appointment with you. Make sure there is more than one person in
your home when showing your property. Remember, safety in numbers.
- If you must show your home alone keep a cell phone with you. If you are in danger of a potential
buyer, you can easily call 911 for help. In the event in needing to get away from someone run out of the
house into your vehicle or neighbor’s house. Remember, your life is more important than any property. Most
criminals interviewed say they do not want to harm anyone when taking valuables, prescription drugs or
money. But if the home owner puts up a fight, so will they. Let it go. Property and things in your home
can be replaced, your life cannot!
- Tell your children, even if they are older to not let anyone in the house unless you are there. Even
teenage children should not let anyone into the house. More assaults are committed on young people from
the ages of 15- 25 years of age than any other age group.
- Be very aware of virtual tours. If a virtual tour is an option for selling your home, make sure
there are no expensive objects in the room(s). Criminals look for opportunities such as these to target
homes to burglarize.
- Let neighbors know you are selling your home. Check with them on a regular basis to see if anyone
has been around the house when you are not there. Criminals will use an open house, or a walk-through to
pose as a potential buyer to scope out properties to burglarize later.
- Keeping the curb appeal not only adds value when you are selling a home, but adds to the safety
of your home as well. After searching a home during an open house, criminals interviewed say they look
for high bushes near windows, not well-lit areas of a home, and concealed entrances to come back
and gain access to a home. Keep bushes trimmed low, repair or add higher wattage light bulbs to existing
lights, and keep entrances well lit for theft prevention.
Don't hesitate. If you're serious about selling your home yourself, just make sure your safety
plan is just as serious to protect you and your family's future.
Michelle Annese is a 3rd degree black belt with 15+ years experience teaching industry specific self
defense and safety for women and children. She is author of The Realtor Survival Guide, Protection for
Women, and The SafeGuard System for Kids. For more information on how to protect yourself and your family
go to http://www.michelleannese.com Check out other articles
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