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
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$210,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,601
SQFT
6796 Foxfire Place Place SW
Atlanta, GA 30349
COOKS LANDING Subdivision
$283,951
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,802
SQFT
673 Python Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Camden Manor Subdivision
$330,349
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
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,040
SQFT
7057 Demeter Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Camden Manor Subdivision
Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$329,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,363
SQFT
663 Python Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Camden Manor Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$310,270
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,236
SQFT
7024 Demeter Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Camden Manor Subdivision
$312,132
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,544
SQFT
7014 Demeter Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Camden Manor Subdivision
$301,438
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,040
SQFT
7007 Demeter Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Camden Manor Subdivision
Foreclosure
$215,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,080
SQFT
6629 Overlook Ridge
Atlanta, GA 30349
Cooks Landing 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
 
$263,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,260
SQFT
3205 Camden Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
KINGSLAND 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
 
Short Sale
$209,900
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
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,800
SQFT
6679 Mancha Street
Atlanta, GA 30349
Heritage Park 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
$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
$176,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,217
SQFT
6687 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
2281 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
$162,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,800
SQFT
2273 Creel Road
Atlanta, GA 30349
Heritage Park Subdivision
Short Sale
$220,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,425
SQFT
6901 Talkeetna Court SW
Atlanta, GA 30331
Falls At Cascade 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
$1,599,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
5
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
5,200
SQFT
210 Rivermere Way
Atlanta, GA 30350
Gates on the River Subdivision
$224,420
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,920
SQFT
5001 Rapahoe Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
Parkway Villages Subdivision
$215,892
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,920
SQFT
5026 Rapahoe Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
Parkway Villages Subdivision
Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$224,196
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,920
SQFT
5042 Rapahoe Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
Parkway Villages Subdivision
$224,788
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,976
SQFT
5034 Rapahoe Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
Parkway Villages Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$226,696
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,950
SQFT
5044 Rapahoe Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
Parkway Villages Subdivision
$226,496
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,950
SQFT
5013 Rapahoe Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
Parkway Villages Subdivision
$223,846
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,950
SQFT
5017 Rapahoe Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
Parkway Villages Subdivision
$222,536
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,920
SQFT
5025 Rapahoe Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
Parkway Villages Subdivision
$223,536
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,920
SQFT
5031 Rapahoe Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
Parkway Villages Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$230,586
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,976
SQFT
5035 Rapahoe Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
Parkway Villages Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$232,696
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
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
$211,775
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,176
SQFT
4065 Alveston Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Riggins Ridge Subdivision
Short Sale
$135,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
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
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$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
$212,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,006
SQFT
5015 Buckeye Place
Atlanta, GA 30349
Creekside Subdivision
$208,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,050
SQFT
4960 Buckeye Place
Atlanta, GA 30349
Creekside Subdivision
$229,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,050
SQFT
4915 Buckeye Place
Atlanta, GA 30349
Creekside Subdivision
Price Change - a week ago
$354,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,433
SQFT
787 Red Wolf Run
Atlanta, GA 30349
Wolf Creek Chase Subdivision
$333,840
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,331
SQFT
6312 Jasper Way SW
Atlanta, GA 30331
Summit At Stonewall Tell Subdivision
$348,841
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,433
SQFT
775 Red Wolf Run
Atlanta, GA 30349
Wolf Creek Chase Subdivision
$284,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,237
SQFT
763 Red Wolf Run
Atlanta, GA 30349
Wolf Creek Chase Subdivision
$355,676
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,760
SQFT
112 Old Wolf Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Wolf Creek Chase Subdivision
$425,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,200
SQFT
5618 Livesage Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Union Crossing Subdivision
$425,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,200
SQFT
5622 Livesage Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Union Crossing Subdivision
$425,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,200
SQFT
5667 Eternal Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
UNION CROSSING Subdivision
$360,670
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,905
SQFT
359 Woodmill Way SW
Atlanta, GA 30331
Summit At Stonewall Tell Subdivision
$362,750
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,905
SQFT
354 Woodmill Way SW
Atlanta, GA 30331
Summit At Stonewall Tell Subdivision
$450,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
4,386
SQFT
5075 Highland Lake Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
HIGHLAND LAKE Subdivision
$339,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,138
SQFT
2884 Bluestone Drive SW
Atlanta, GA 30331
Summit At Stonewall Tell Subdivision

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