Who’s Watching? Who’s Listening
There may be a camera or audio system set up to monitor activity inside when showing a house. When getting a listing signed in Maryland, the seller must disclose home security systems that record audio.
But whether there is or is not this type of system, it is a good idea to show a house as though you were on camera.
There should be nothing done or said inside a home that the seller should not see or hear.
Personally, I like my listings with this type of security for the home and me.
At the end of a showing, while I am turning the lights off, adjusting the curtains and shades, and checking the thermostat, I call or text the owner that we are leaving, ask if there is anything they want me to check in the house.
With some of their systems, they can double-check and see if an exterior light was left on.
Maybe it was daytime, and you couldn’t tell if the outside light is on. This is a good way to stay in touch with a seller who may be away for a few hours or longer.
Simultaneously, the house is being secured, and the seller is getting immediate feedback and assurance that the showing was a safe one.
Do you know who is watching and who is listening?