I am likely preaching to the choir when I talk about locking doors to the agents who are active on AR--this group is most likely the most professional and serious part of our industry.
Having said that, please, pleae,please lock the doors. How many sellers have called to say that they just returned after a showing to find the front door unlocked, or the door wall unlocked, or better yet, ajar. How many times have agents showing a listing called to say that when they arrived the front door was unlocked.
This is serious business. Our profession does not look very professional when sellers give permission to licensed real estate agents to bring perfect strangers through their house. They do that with the expectation that those professional, licensed real estate agents will treat that house and its contents with respect and protect the security of that house and those possessions. When the seller comes home and finds the front door unlocked, or the door wall unlocked and ajar, it does not say much about those professional licensed real estate agents.
I had a vacant listing recently when an agent I know well was showing the property and called to tell me that it looked like there was a critter in the house--shredded papers on the floor, stuffing pulled out of the couch, and little presents on the floor. The agent also reported that she found the door wall ajar.
I make it a point to call the showing agent whenever a home owner calls to tell me that they found doors unlocked. Amazing when that agent says well, the buyer must have opened it wihtout my knowledge. In other words, that buyer is wondering around the house alone and I have no idea where they are or what they are doing.
It takes 30 seconds to check the front door, the back door, the door wall , the door between the house and garage. How much more professional will the agent look to their own clients when at the conclusion of showing the agent says that the he/she is going to walk thru quickly and make sure that all the doors are locked since we want to be sure and respect the sellers and their possessions--WOW!!
Also, if you or your client turned on a light--turn it off as well--please.