Close And Lock The Doors When You Leave Please

Services for Real Estate Pros with Marketing Specialist for CJ Realty Group/Cindy Jones Broker

Please Close & Lock the Door When You LeaveOne of the things I do as part of my job is to check on the condo building in Belmont Bay where Cindy Jones and CJ Realty Group have a few listings.   It never ceases to amaze me, especially since the weather is cold, the number of times I go to check and find exterior doors wide open.

I'm certain that anyone would realize with the cold air blowing in that the door was still open.  Yet it never fails that one of the units has the sliding door or a door from the bedroom to the deck left open.  Sometimes I can hear a parent in the back of my head saying "were you raised in a barn?"

Do I need to clutter up the view of the marina and river with signs on the doors that say "please shut me?"

Fortunately this is a secure building and it would take a herculan feat for someone to scale back into the units later on but I can only imagine if the doors are left open here that there are other places, less secure where they are standing open as well.

Agents please make sure that you are checking that you have left a property secured when you leave.  Think of the safety of the next agent that walks into that property.  If you left the door open, who may come in after you and be laying in wait for the next agent?


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Danell Estrada
Highlands Ranch Appraisals, LLC - Highlands Ranch, CO

Please close the door, you are totally right, what can they be thinking. As an Appraiser when we go to a home, we have the same standard, shut all doors, turn off all lights, and lock the door you came in. Can not believe others do not do that.

Jan 09, 2011 11:14 AM #1
Paula Stills
RE/MAX Real Estate Results - Bentonville, AR
Full time Real Estate, Ready when you are!

Hello Pat,  Ive been in the business a while and I still show home where door and windows are left wide open.  I hate it.  I always call the a listing agent and let them know.  I closed and locked  the door and windows.  hoping that the favor will be return on my listing if found open.....Make it a great day.

Jan 09, 2011 11:28 AM #2
Fred Griffin
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

The Last Thing to do when leaving the property.   Check each door, then check again. 

If it was an "Open House", check every single Window to make sure that some crafty thief has not unlocked a window latch, planning to return later for a break-in.

Jan 09, 2011 11:28 AM #3
Christopher Taylor
Corpus Christi, TX

It always amazes me how often I go to open the door with the key I retrieved from the lockbox only to find that the door was never locked. I agree with Fred, check each door, then check again.

Jan 09, 2011 11:36 AM #4
Victor Zuniga
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services California Properties - San Diego, CA

I hear you Pat. I'm also amazed at how some common sense things aren't done.

Jan 09, 2011 11:39 AM #5
Kay Van Kampen
RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX Solutions - Springfield, MO
Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate

Pat, I posted a sign on a house this last week because the agents keep leaving the door unlocked!!!!  What is so difficult about making sure a door is shut and locked?  I finally started calling the last agent and letting them know I'm calling the board if they do not start checking behind themselves.

Jan 09, 2011 01:43 PM #6
Pat Fenn
Marketing Specialist for CJ Realty Group/Cindy Jones Broker - Springfield, VA

Danell-it seems as if it should be a simple task to leave a home secure,

Paula-thanks for stopping by.  Always a bit scary to walk into an unsercure home and not knowing what you might find.

Fred-we had clients once who were waiting for us and caught a person climbing in the window.

Jan 10, 2011 09:46 AM #7
Pat Fenn
Marketing Specialist for CJ Realty Group/Cindy Jones Broker - Springfield, VA

Christopher-it is easy to get distracted when you have clients in tow but you likely wouldn't leave your own home unlocked so why leave someone elses?

Victor-does seem like common sense doesn't it?

Kay-of course each agent I call when this happens pleads ignorance or blames it on the one before them.  So if you found it unlocked then why didn't you lock it when you were done?

Jan 10, 2011 09:48 AM #8
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