Safety When Selling


Photo Credit DaveBleasdale

Photo Credit DaveBleasdale

When you are selling your house and it first goes on the market, it’s very exciting.  Potential buyers will “drive by” your house to check out how it looks from outside and to see if the neighborhood feels right to them.  (Yes, this is a time when a “drive by” is a good thing!)  Buyers can be excited as well.  Once in a while a buyer will let their excitement get the better of them and they’ll ring the doorbell or approach you if they see you outside the house.  It’s can be hard to turn someone down when they tell you that they love your house and want to come in right now to take a look but it’s very important to tell them “no”.  Give them your agent’s information or if they have a buyer’s agent, tell them to contact their agent to set up an appointment.

You might be saying, “Why would I do that, Deb?  Here’s someone who wants to see my house, why wouldn’t I show them around?”  The simple answer is safety.  You do not know who these people are and what they are truly there for.  Yes they might be legitimate buyers but they might not be.  Serious buyers will want to see your house with their buyer’s agent.  They want and value the advice of their agent.  An agent will vet the buyers first to make sure that they are qualified and that your house fits their needs.  A person who will not go through this process is either not ready to purchase yet or wants to get access to your house for a more nefarious purpose.

Your mother told you not to open the door to strangers for a reason – tell the people that you can’t let them in and that they’ll have to make an appointment.  Legitimate buyers will understand.