Home Selling Dilemma: Set Alarm or No?

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You would not think crooks would want a lot of exposure by trying to break into a home for sale in Sacramento. What, with the big ol' honkin' sign in yard, announcing it is for sale, to the stream of traffic flowing in and out, there is a lot of activity. Agents accessing lockboxes, traipsing in and out.

I also tend to put my lockboxes on the gas meter. Those locations are often more public. Plus, the crooks have a harder time getting the lockbox off a gas meter than they do the front door. When it's hanging on the front door, they can take the door handle.

But if hoodlams want to get inside, they generally will. You can read more in my personal blog today at this link: Should You Arm the Alarm When Home Selling?

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Mary Ann Daniell Realtor
Coldwell Banker United, Realtors - Subsidiary of NRT LLC - Killeen, TX
Delivering Successful Results Since 1999

Smart phones and alarm systems have made this issue sooo much easier!  No more accidentally setting off the alarm and waiting for the police to show up so you can explain (hopefully).  Homeowners can control their alarm systems from their phones, which takes some liablity off the agent, especially if they never gave you the code.

Jul 31, 2018 11:31 AM #1
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
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Mary Ann Daniell Central Texas Realtor Won't work from your cellphone if the app asks for your password and you can't remember it, LOL. Sometimes my app deletes my password.

Jul 31, 2018 01:04 PM #2
Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Elizabeth, I have set off an alarm before and it was the most ear peircing, wake-up-the-next-county loud and obnoxious sound I have ever heard...but we learn.  When I listed that same house years later the seller gave me the code, and I was able to disarm it before each showing - warning the agents that I would arm it again when they left...just in case they decided to go back later for a second look! They do make showing/selling a house a little more stressful.

Jul 31, 2018 04:42 PM #3
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Elizabeth- I understand why a homeowner would want their alarm on but it might make it harder to show. I was an agent for 1 year 30 years ago and I will always remember a listing where the alarm was on. I entered through the front door but the only control panel was at the back of the house by the back kitchen door. I looked like Tom Cruise in Risky Business trying to go across the floors to disarm it. (although I had all my clothes on.)

Aug 01, 2018 09:41 AM #4
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Elizabeth, love it when the alarm is not disclosed and goes off.   I usually call the listing agent RIGHT AWAY, but often times they don't answer.   I try to encourage my Sellers to turn them off for showings.

Aug 01, 2018 04:48 PM #5
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi Elizabeth... I hate getting instructions from Showing Time for alarms... they are never truly complete and it's always a hassle to run around a house looking for the alarm system. Fortunately, here in Charlotte I almost never come across a home that sets its alarms during the day... and I never set my own unless we are both out of town or my huband is travelling and then I set it at night.

Aug 02, 2018 06:38 AM #6
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