Over The River And Through The Woods -The Keybox Obstacle Course!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate

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?


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Brin Realty Associates Team At Bean Group
Bean Group | Brin Realty Associates - Amherst, NH
Amherst NH homes and Southern NH real estate

Hi Gabrielle,

Great point...you would think this is common sense and sometimes I think, "Is this agent even thinking?"...

Obviously not.

May 25, 2011 01:54 AM #1
Don MacLean
Simolari & MacLean REMAX EXECUTIVE REALTY - Franklin, MA
Realtor - Homes For Sale - Franklin MA

I can see it now.

I personally like ..........on the back door after a snow storm and no one has shoveled a path. But even better is in the milk box. Why bother at all, just leave it under a stone lol

Enjoy the day

May 25, 2011 01:55 AM #2
Brin Realty Associates Team At Bean Group
Bean Group | Brin Realty Associates - Amherst, NH
Amherst NH homes and Southern NH real estate

P.S. I came back to click suggest, I like this and its a great reminder to agents to think about where they put that lockbox...they DO want buyers to see the house, right?

May 25, 2011 01:55 AM #3
Mike Jaquish
Realty Arts - Cary, NC
919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate


A while back, I showed a home where there was just no good place for a lock box.  But, the smart listing agent went to the hardware store, bought a few feet of heavy, vinyl-coated chain.  Then looped the chain around a porch post and ran the lockbox hasp through the ends of the chain. 

The lockbox was dry, under cover and in shade, and hung about 4 feet off the ground. 

Smart agent!

May 25, 2011 02:03 AM #4
Howard and Susan Meyers
The Hudson Company Winnetka and North Shore - Winnetka, IL

Great post Gabrielle...

We've always said that the hardest part of this business is lockboxes and keys.

May 25, 2011 02:04 AM #5
Glenn Roberts
Retired - Seattle, WA

There are still going to be agents who don't think, sellers who think the box will damage the door and door handles that won't hold the lockbox and on occasion we will be searching in the dark. May Supra should put instructions on each box. ;-)

May 25, 2011 02:43 AM #6
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Wow Gabrielle,  What was that agent thinking?  guess he is hoping to sell the home himself.  Have a good one!

May 25, 2011 02:50 AM #7
Cara Marcelle Mancuso
Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ - Tucson, AZ
Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE! LONG REALTY

With the long selling times in today's market - a listing agent should also keep in mind that untended landscaping tends to grow and spread.  I can't count how many prickly bushes I've gotten to know up close and personal in an effort to access a keysafe.  I actually carry nippers in my trunk now!

May 27, 2011 04:08 AM #8
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