During the process of selling your home, there will be times that your real estate agent will be in the dwelling without you there. Thanks to a lockbox on the door that contains a key, your agent will be able to enter the residence for several reasons, including getting ready for an open house when you're out of town or meeting a buyer agent at the property. You want your agent to feel secure during these visits — remember, the prospect of entering a home can sometimes make an agent feel uneasy. Here are some ways that you can contribute to a feeling of safety.
Let The Agent Know About Your Pets
An agent may get frightened if he or she is in your house under the assumption of being alone, but then hears footsteps coming from the upper floor. What the agent might not know, however, is that one of your family pets is home and that it's the pet, not an intruder, that is responsible for this sound. If you plan on leaving one of your pets inside the home when it's otherwise vacant, make sure that you clearly let your real estate agent know this detail.
Provide The Security System Code
Having a security system increases the feeling of safety that people enjoy while inside your house. However, if your agent is occasionally visiting when you're not around, you might just leave the system turned off on those days. Going into a home that isn't secured in this manner can leave your agent feeling uneasy. The simple solution is to give your agent the code to the security system. This way, you can arm the system when you go out and leave the house empty, and the agent can disarm it with the code upon arriving. This way, the agent will feel safer inside the residence.
Tell Your Neighbors
Having neighbors who are conscious about safety is helpful, but this might work against you when the agent is in your house alone. For example, if a neighbor knows that you aren't home and sees a vehicle in the driveway, he or she may go into your yard and try to see what's happening. The agent may see the neighbor looking around and mistake him or her for a prowler. You can avoid this situation by letting your neighbors know to expect your agent's presence from time to time.