The FSBO Guide to Selling Your Home In 2008

By: Kris Koonar

If you are planning to sell your house as a FSBO, it is essential to keep safety in mind when you think about the prospect potential buyers for your house. In the last few years, there has been a problematic climb in assault cases on realtors in the real estate industry. Due to this reason, people need to be careful when selling their house on their own. If you want to protect yourself and your family from becoming a victim to this problem, you can take into consideration the following protective measures:

Screening the callers:

If a buyer calls you and expresses his or her intention of seeing your house, make sure that you seek all the required details before granting an appointment. Ask the name, telephone number, existing address, job and other necessary details like-do they have children? Why do they want to buy a house in your area? Whether they have a family in that area or not?

Information is essential:

Never let any unannounced visitor enter your house unless you have granted an appointment. In case they arrive when there is no one else in your house, ask them to come later because it is safe to show your property when there are few people at home. There is no strong reason why a buyer cannot act professional and ask for an appointment before visiting you.

In case you don't have any other family member staying with you and you have to show the house all alone then make sure to carry a cell phone with you. If you feel that the potential buyers can pose as a danger to you, call 911 for help immediately. If there is a need to get away from the buyer, run out of the house to your neighbor's house or the car. There are many criminals who don't want to harm the owners when stealing money or any valuables but when forced they can. So, be ready to take all necessary safety measures.

Your children must also be told not to let any stranger inside the house when you are not at home. According to statistics, most of the assaults are committed on young children of 15-25 years.

Virtual tours should also be avoided:

In case virtual tour is an option to sell your house, no expensive or valuable items must be kept in the rooms. This can be a good opportunity for criminals to target your house for theft.

It helps to inform neighbors about your decision to sell the house. You must keep asking them if they came across someone around your house when you were not at home. Criminals usually use walk though or open houses for theft by posing as potential buyers, so that the property can be scoped out.

Curb appeal will not only keep you safe from any kind of danger, but it will also add value when you sell a house. Put high watt light bulbs and low trimmed bushes for prevention from theft. There is no need to hesitate and if you are determined to sell your house on your own, you must create a plan for safety before taking a step further.

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