Security Tips to Follow When Staging an Open House

When selling a house, an owner often comes at a standstill when it’s time for the tour. Should they host one-on-one tours or an open house for all potential buyers? With so many advancements in digital media, it’s quite easy to give people a virtual tour of the house. Videos, pictures, Skype calls, etc. have changed the game of real estate. Owners no longer need to hire a realtor for the job because there are hundreds of websites that allow you to sell your house on your own.

There are no long lines at the newspaper stand to get the Sunday newspaper to check out the listings because media has now become the king.

Why Open House is a Risky Choice

Say you are hosting an open house because you received dozens of positive responses from sellers. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do you have any idea about the people that are arriving?
  • Can you personally vet for them?
  • Are they serious buyers?
  • Will they be able to close the deal within 30 days?

Shady people walking on the streets make themselves available when they see an open house. People might sign in with false info and you will never know their intentions. Following are some security tips that you should follow before conducting an open house:

1. Don’t Leave Any Document Out

Bank receipts, tax records, electricity bills or any kind of documents with your name and sensitive information on it – do NOT leave it out. Also remove all valuables, knives, guns, etc. from shelves and place them in a secure place. Make sure there are no family names on the walls and every room is cleared out. A thief in your house will steal anything, regardless of its value.

2. Clear Out Bathroom Cabinets

Remove any prescription meds placed above the sink in the cabinet. If these meds are found in someone else’s possession, there could be legal repercussions. If you are showing them around and relaying the updates from your laptop, make sure it is password protected. You can always install a camera in the hall, where you gather and conduct the meeting. This way, if you do leave anything in the hall, the camera will record everything.

3. Lock Your Secret Places

Some owners like to have hidden doors leading to small rooms. These private rooms can be the target of these shady people when they are looking for a house. Since you have already cleared your house, you will never know that they are hiding inside. Therefore, place a lock on such doors, as well as on the attic and basement door.

As a precaution, when hosting an open house, ask your neighbors to keep an eye out for anything out of the ordinary. Before closing the house, have a go through with your neighbor by your side and make sure all the windows are locked. While putting your house up for sale is easy, it’s the presentation that requires efforts on your part. Before putting your house on the market, why not get your house evaluated by America’s Network Reality. Enter your address here: https://www.kstrealty.com/homevaluesinsandysprings/.

Homes for Sale in Atlanta

Price
Beds
Baths
For Sale / All Types
$288,421
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,802
SQFT
673 Python Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Camden Manor Subdivision
Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$324,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,363
SQFT
7064 Demeter Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Camden Manor Subdivision
$299,026
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,040
SQFT
7057 Demeter Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Camden Manor Subdivision
$284,994
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,200
SQFT
7044 Demeter Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Camden Manor Subdivision
$329,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
6
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,363
SQFT
663 Python Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Camden Manor Subdivision
$310,270
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,236
SQFT
7024 Demeter Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Camden Manor Subdivision
Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$312,478
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,544
SQFT
7014 Demeter Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Camden Manor Subdivision
Price Change - yesterday
$299,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,040
SQFT
7007 Demeter Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Camden Manor Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$289,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,635
SQFT
6997 Demeter Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Camden Manor Subdivision
$4,000,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
7
BED
9
TOTAL BATHS
15,159
SQFT
4690 Thompson Road
Atlanta, GA 30349
 
$12,500,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
9
BED
14
TOTAL BATHS
26,000
SQFT
4965 Butner Road
Atlanta, GA 30349
 
$310,235
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,443
SQFT
555 Dutchview Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
WHISPERING WILLOWS Subdivision
Short Sale
$195,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,639
SQFT
432 Hammock Loop
Atlanta, GA 30349
 
$310,500
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,033
SQFT
510 Dutchview Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
WHISPERING WILLOWS Subdivision
$327,527
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,077
SQFT
455 Dutchview Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
WHISPERING WILLOWS Subdivision
$239,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,972
SQFT
400 Dutchview Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
WHISPERING WILLOWS Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$261,290
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,260
SQFT
3225 Camden Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$277,803
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,260
SQFT
3216 Camden Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$278,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,522
SQFT
3220 Camden Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
$257,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,108
SQFT
3213 Camden Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
Open House 10/26 at 1PM
$280,508
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,487
SQFT
3200 Camden Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$286,258
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,487
SQFT
3247 Camden Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
$271,500
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,487
SQFT
3239 Camden Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$290,182
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,545
SQFT
3217 Camden Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$267,389
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,108
SQFT
3251 Camden Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
Price Change - 4 weeks ago
$272,803
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,260
SQFT
3204 Camden Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
Price Change - 4 weeks ago
$267,389
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,108
SQFT
3243 Camden Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$268,789
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,122
SQFT
7143 Glaspie Way
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$282,173
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,260
SQFT
7139 Glaspie Way
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
Short Sale
$225,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,676
SQFT
2927 Chilhowee Drive
Atlanta, GA 30331
Legacy at Cascading Creek Subdivision
$245,700
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,404
SQFT
3492 Dacite Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Flat Shoals Manor Subdivision
$162,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,800
SQFT
6690 Mancha Street
Atlanta, GA 30349
Heritage Park Subdivision
$162,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,800
SQFT
6679 Mancha Street
Atlanta, GA 30349
Heritage Park Subdivision
$169,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,000
SQFT
6683 Mancha Street
Atlanta, GA 30349
Heritage Park Subdivision
$167,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,000
SQFT
2205 Creel Road
Atlanta, GA 30349
Heritage Park Subdivision
$174,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,217
SQFT
6790 Mancha Street
Atlanta, GA 30349
Heritage Park Subdivision
$162,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,800
SQFT
6742 Mancha Street
Atlanta, GA 30349
Heritage Park Subdivision
$169,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,000
SQFT
6735 Mancha Street
Atlanta, GA 30349
Heritage Park Subdivision
$176,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,217
SQFT
6687 Mancha Street
Atlanta, GA 30349
Heritage Park Subdivision
$176,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,217
SQFT
2281 Creel Road
Atlanta, GA 30349
Heritage Park Subdivision
$162,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,800
SQFT
2273 Creel Road
Atlanta, GA 30349
Heritage Park Subdivision
$169,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,000
SQFT
2285 Creel Road
Atlanta, GA 30349
Heritage Park Subdivision
$167,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,045
SQFT
505 Hererra Street
Atlanta, GA 30349
Heritage Park Subdivision
Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$252,500
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,006
SQFT
4244 Sublime Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
Pittman Park Subdivision
Price Change - 4 weeks ago
$232,397
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,920
SQFT
5054 Rapahoe Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
Parkway Villages Subdivision
Price Change - 4 weeks ago
$233,352
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,976
SQFT
5065 Rapahoe Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
Parkway Villages Subdivision
Price Change - 4 weeks ago
$230,110
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,950
SQFT
5048 Rapahoe Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
Parkway Villages Subdivision
Price Change - 4 weeks ago
$235,897
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,950
SQFT
5059 Rapahoe Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
Parkway Villages Subdivision
Price Change - 4 weeks ago
$231,852
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,950
SQFT
5057 Rapahoe Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
Parkway Villages Subdivision
$236,397
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,976
SQFT
5055 Rapahoe Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
Parkway Villages Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$235,897
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,950
SQFT
5053 Rapahoe Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
Parkway Villages Subdivision
$232,586
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,976
SQFT
5035 Rapahoe Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
Parkway Villages Subdivision
$230,526
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,950
SQFT
5037 Rapahoe Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
Parkway Villages Subdivision
Short Sale
$115,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
1,912
SQFT
2180 Crossrail Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Fairfield Square Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$178,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,896
SQFT
6061 Hemperly Road
Atlanta, GA 30349
MORNING CRK Subdivision
Short Sale
$135,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,660
SQFT
4765 Buckeye Place
Atlanta, GA 30349
Creekside Subdivision
$299,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,046
SQFT
4307 Bellwood Circle
Atlanta, GA 30349
Stonewall Manor Subdivision
$329,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,759
SQFT
4288 Bellwood Circle
Atlanta, GA 30349
Stonewall Manor Subdivision
$224,775
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,862
SQFT
862 Blue Hill Lane
Atlanta, GA 30349
Riggins Ridge Subdivision
Short Sale
$160,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,808
SQFT
3027 Sable Run Road
Atlanta, GA 30349
SABLE CHASE Subdivision