Selling your home is undoubtedly a stressful event. Most people anticipate the stress of preparing your house and, of course, keeping it in magazine condition for every tour and open house. But once you have that first showing scheduled and you realize that strangers are going to be in your house, the stress level goes up another notch. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) does a lot to regulate the ethics of Realtors® but there is definitely a checklist of actions you can take to lower the risk and lower your stress of having these strangers parading through your home. It starts with technology, and I don’t mean cameras 😊
The sign goes up in your yard and lockbox gets hung from your doorknob. Wait! Who is going to be in my house? If you’ve been out house hunting you’ve probably seen the antiquated lockboxes that resemble the keypad of your child’s bike lock or a pushbutton combo on a jr high locker. Well it’s the 21st century and in the days of smartphones and Bluetooth®, your agent should step up the security of showing your home.
These lockboxes are the bomb! It’s completely digital and time stamped. When I set up a lockbox at a house it is logged into that address and only I can untether it from the doorknob. This is all done through an app on my phone using my fingerprint. It doesn’t get more secure than that. So the key to your house isn’t going anywhere! Until … the first showing. Each real estate agent that brings a client to your home will have access to the lockbox through their own phone. As they open the box, I get an alert that the showing has started. This is time stamped and gives me the name and contact info of this person. This is obviously a great security measure but also super convenient to know when and how long the prospective buyer spends touring. As soon as the key is returned and the box is closed, another notification bings on my phone. No more waiting and guessing if you can return to your home to continue with your day. This security and convenience is a must.