1. Remember that strangers will be walking through your home during showings or open houses. Hide any valuables in a safe place. For security's sake, remember to remove keys, credit cards, jewelry, crystal, furs and other valuable from the home or lock them away during showings. Also remove prescription drugs.
2. DON'T leave personal information like mail or bills out in the open where anyone can see it. Be sure to lock down your computer and lock up your laptop and ay other expensive, easy-to-pocket electronics, like iPods and iPads, before your showings.
3. Do not show your home yourselves. Not all agents, buyers and sellers are who they say they are. Perdators come in all shapes and sizes. Do not talk to other agents or buyers, tell them to talk to your agent.
4. You are responsible for your pets. If possible, animals should be removed or kenneled during showings.
5. At an open house, be alert to the patern of visitors arrivals, especially near the end of showing hours. In some area, a group of theives will show up together near the end of the open house and, while a string of "potential buyers" distracts the agent, the rest of the group walk through the house, stealing any valuables they come across
6. I will take all of the above safety percautions, but when you return home, you should immediately verify that all doors are locked and all valuables are accounted for.