Unfortunately, the world isn’t perfect. It’s made up of people both good and bad – both honest and dishonest. Also unfortunately, buyers’ agents don’t always know which of their clients fits into which category.
Most people viewing your house are good honest people looking for a home. But you need to be aware that not all people have honorable intentions. Crooks have been known to pose as home buyers in order to gain access to homes.
That means you as a seller need to take some simple precautions.
First, never leave any cash, credit cards, or checkbooks laying out. If you can, put them inside a locked drawer or safe. Otherwise, take them with you when you leave the house.
Put your bills and other mail or documents containing account numbers and other personal information in a file inside a drawer. Lock it if possible.
While most items in cupboards, drawers, and closets will be safe because agents accompany buyers through the house, you need to plan for the unexpected. Sometimes couples or couples with children separate during the tour – and the agent can’t watch everyone at once.
Which brings us to the most vulnerable room in the house: the bathroom. Sometimes buyers do ask to use the bathroom – and while they’re there with the door shut, no one is watching.
Never leave prescription drugs in the bathroom. But don’t leave them in a kitchen cabinet or a nightstand, either. Lock them up or take them with you.
Safe is always better than sorry.