November 22, 2018
Holding an open house is part of the home selling process. It gives people the opportunity to come and take a look at your house. They need to see your house first hand in order to decide for themselves if your house is good for their them or their family. Holding an open house presents risks of getting robbed as a lot of people can easily come in and out of your house. Therefore it is necessary to take extra precautions and avoid getting anything stolen from your house.
Here’s how to avoid getting robbed from an open house.
Consult your agent
You need to work with an agent you can absolutely trust. They are the pros when it comes to holding open houses. Ask them about the precautions or security measures you can take before the event. Ask them what happens if something gets stolen. This is very important because they’re responsible and should be held accountable if something goes wrong during the open house. Put everything in writing just to be sure.
Take photos of the house before the event
Take photos of every room, nook or cranny for reference. Compare everything you see after the open house with the photos you took before the event took place. If you can, take all your valuables or important documents with you to make sure they won’t get stolen during the event. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Install security cameras
Security cameras record everything that happens during the open house. Everyone that visits your house gets their face and their actions seen and recorded on video. The good thing about this piece of equipment is that you can view the happenings real time on your smartphone. You can also present the footage as evidence to the police if something gets stolen.
Let all your guests sign a form
Ask your agent if he can bring an assistant with them to the open house to serve as the receptionist. Everyone who visits your should be made to fill out a form and present their IDs to serve as a deterrent for burglars attempting to do a heist on that day.
Tell your neighbors that you’re holding an open house
Let them know in advance that you’ll be holding an open house on that particular day. This is to let them know the reason why strangers are coming in and out of your house. The last thing you want to happen is setting off a false alarm with one of your neighbors calling the police because of strangers coming in and out of your house.