Over the river, and through the woods to .. well ... maybe no ones house we go! It's a thought I had once while out showing a home and I couldn't get to a lockbox to get the key out.
In my case, the agent instructions said, "Key box up under eaves on conduit pipe." Staring up at the eaves, I guessed the listing agent to be about 6'4" - who unless his arms were unusually long - stood on a ladder to place the lockbox way up there.
And this isn't the first time I've been in that situation - I've had to play "hide and go seek" to find a box, use a ladder to reach one, walk through shrubs and tall weeds, set off alarm sensors ... whew .. it's been like an obstacle course at times!
A few suggestions for key box placement to make it easy to get to:
- The front or side door is a good start.
- The front of the house somewhere - as opposed to the back yard.
- Try to keep up high enough off the ground so that people don't have to squat down or get on their hands and knees to access it.
- PLacing it on wrought iron window bars is a good spot
- Hose bib pipes are another good spot
- Keep it out of direct sunlight - those metal boxes can get really hot and could burn someone's hands - not to mention it's not good for the infrared sensor.
And once you place it - stop, look, and think - can someone who is "vertically challenged", without lawn clearing tools, ladder or that is disabled access it?