Tips For Planning And Holding Successful FSBO Open Homes
Continued from previous page titled Homes For Sale By
50. Having strangers in your
house when holding your FSBO open homes
Your home is your castle so be wary when opening the door to
strangers. They may not be the buyer you think they are. You want a “speedy” sale, but you also
want a “safe” sale. You don’t know these people. You don’t know their intentions. Be
51. Have a safety plan for your fsbo open
Your home is supposed to be your safe haven so decide in advance
how you might react in a given situation.
Consider these and other points:
- Who in the family must be present before anyone is allowed to
inspect your fsbo open home? Mom... Dad. . Just the kids?
- What will you do if a buyer seems to be “taking inventory” or
showing unusual interest in your personal possessions? They might be “casing the joint” with
the view to robbing you later. Be alert at your fsbo open homes.
- If someone comes in off the street after seeing your
advertising sign and seems to act suspiciously — will you let them in? Or will you say
something like “it’s not convenient right now. If you give me your name and number, I call you
with a time”?
- Will you let anyone in to make a phone call or use the
- Will you let someone with a pet come in?
- Should you ask for identification?
- If you feel you are in danger — get out of the house
52. Hide valuables during your fsbo open
Never leave money, jewellery or other valuables where they can be
seen during a fsbo open home. One agent told me that men are the worst at just tossing their
money on the table beside the bed. Also, be careful what you leave in bedside drawers. It doesn’t
take much for an opportunist thief to discretely slide open a drawer or cupboard.
53. Keep a keen eye open when running fsbo open
DO NOT under ANY CIRCUMSTANCES allow a stranger to tour your home
BY THEMSELVES! Stay alongside them at all times. Keep a watchful eye on how they act and what they
touch. You don’t want any of your possessions walking out the door.
54. The show trough at fsbo open homes
This might sound a bit on the paranoid side, but protect yourself
because “it is better to be safe than sorry.”
Never to show people through your house on your own. However, if
that is unavoidable then consider these options:
- Make appointments and open your home by appointment
- Let your spouse or a friend know when you have
- Arrange to ring your spouse or friend as soon as the
appointment is finished.
- Have a prearranged time for your spouse or friend to phone
you if you haven’t already phoned them back.
- Have a prearranged PASSWORD you can use on the phone if you
are in any way uncomfortable with the situation. The password code might be something as simple
as “don't forget the birthday cake.”
- Never tell a stranger that you can’t show them the house
because you won’t be home. That is an open invitation to any criminal. Simply say something
like “I’ll be busy then... how about 10.30 instead?”
- Always tell the buyer you are expecting a visitor to arrive
shortly. This could deter anyone who might be considering something criminal.
Remember: The personal safety of you and your family is more
important than property or possessions.
55. Have a sign-in sheet at your fsbo open
Have EVERYONE who comes to inspect your house fill out his or her
name, address and phone number on a sign-in sheet FIRST! Keep it near the entrance and make sure it
is completed BEFORE showing them through the house at your open homes.
Read on for useful tips and ideas on how to
sell your home for sale by owner and how to hold successful
fsbo open homes.