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 - a week online
$585,800
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,733
SQFT
1969 Haley Walk
Atlanta, GA 30318
Westside Station Subdivision
$294,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,635
SQFT
7107 Demeter Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Camden Manor Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$279,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,802
SQFT
673 Python Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Camden Manor Subdivision
$324,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,363
SQFT
7064 Demeter Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Camden Manor Subdivision
$287,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,635
SQFT
7067 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
Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$289,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,635
SQFT
7027 Demeter Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Camden Manor Subdivision
$309,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,544
SQFT
7014 Demeter Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Camden Manor Subdivision
$289,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,635
SQFT
6997 Demeter Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Camden Manor Subdivision
$324,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,363
SQFT
6954 Demeter Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Camden Manor Subdivision
$314,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,236
SQFT
6934 Demeter Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Camden Manor Subdivision
$2,900,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
7
BED
9
TOTAL BATHS
15,159
SQFT
4690 Thompson Road
Atlanta, GA 30349
 
$8,900,000
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
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,639
SQFT
432 Hammock Loop
Atlanta, GA 30349
 
Price Change - 2 weeks ago
$279,303
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,260
SQFT
3216 Camden Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
Price Change - 2 weeks ago
$292,182
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,545
SQFT
3217 Camden Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
Price Change - 2 weeks ago
$308,071
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,525
SQFT
3208 Camden Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
Price Change - 2 weeks ago
$282,112
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,545
SQFT
7147 Glaspie Way
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$287,571
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,523
SQFT
3220 Camden Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$273,053
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,260
SQFT
3225 Camden Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$274,803
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,260
SQFT
3204 Camden Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$284,173
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,260
SQFT
7139 Glaspie Way
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$290,419
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,680
SQFT
7135 Glaspie Way
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
$310,500
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,033
SQFT
510 Dutchview Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
WHISPERING WILLOWS Subdivision
Price Change - 2 weeks ago
$312,089
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,680
SQFT
3221 Camden Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
Open House 02/01 at 1PM
$282,508
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,487
SQFT
3200 Camden Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
$327,527
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,077
SQFT
455 Dutchview Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
WHISPERING WILLOWS Subdivision
$239,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,972
SQFT
400 Dutchview Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
WHISPERING WILLOWS 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
$194,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
6526 Beaver Creek Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
College Heights Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$206,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
6562 Beaver Creek Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
College Heights Subdivision
Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$207,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
6501 Beaver Creek Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
College Heights Subdivision
$205,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
6517 Beaver Creek Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
College Heights Subdivision
$206,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
6577 Beaver Creek Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
College Heights Subdivision
$205,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
6509 Beaver Creek Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
College Heights Subdivision
$204,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
6522 Beaver Creek Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
College Heights Subdivision
Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$207,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
6506 Beaver Creek Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
College Heights Subdivision
Foreclosure
$105,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,643
SQFT
7065 Greenbower Lane
Atlanta, GA 30349
 
Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$260,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
6538 Beaver Creek Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
College Heights Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$259,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
6574 Beaver Creek Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
College Heights Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$220,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
6542 Beaver Creek Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
College Heights Subdivision
Open House 01/31 at 2PM
$220,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
6498 Beaver Creek Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
College Heights Subdivision
Open House 01/31 at 2PM
$220,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
6510 Beaver Creek Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
College Heights Subdivision
$218,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
6513 Beaver Creek Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
College Heights Subdivision
Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$220,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
6518 Beaver Creek Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
College Heights Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$219,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
6546 Beaver Creek Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
College Heights Subdivision
$258,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
6566 Beaver Creek Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
College Heights Subdivision
$219,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
6505 Beaver Creek Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
College Heights Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$219,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
6453 Beaver Creek Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
College Heights Subdivision
$165,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,800
SQFT
6857 Estepona 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
$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
$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
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
Price Change - 2 weeks ago
$241,470
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,976
SQFT
5066 Rapahoe Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
Parkway Villages Subdivision
Price Change - 2 weeks ago
$232,965
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,920
SQFT
5064 Rapahoe Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
Parkway Villages Subdivision
$234,920
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,976
SQFT
5062 Rapahoe Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
Parkway Villages Subdivision
$226,920
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,920
SQFT
5060 Rapahoe Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
Parkway Villages Subdivision