Come on in strange person I have never met off the street and let me show you these rooms that have locks on the doors and some of them even have beds. Does this sound like a good idea to you? Me either! This is one of the reason I have never been a fan of open houses…it is flat out unsafe for me.
On the other hand, it isn’t so safe for you either. When an agent shows your home they have a pre-qualified buyer, but at an Open House anyone, and I mean ANYONE can come into your home, neither you nor I have any control over that.
Let’s say you go against my advice, and have an open house. What are some things you can do to protect your home? First, as I shared in my last post, put away all valuables! Put away medicine (future post about that), tell your neighbors you are having an open house, and ask your agent to have a sign in sheet so that every person that comes in has to give some information (this may act as a deterrent, but not much of one).
In the end, the reason why many agents do open houses is to get new buyer clients, not to sell your house. Consider the risks before asking your agent to take on an Open House.
Lara Taylor – Realtor/Broker
Twitter – @AskforLara