If you want to sell your house-you need to have easy access to your property. Occasionally at a listing appointment a seller will say “I don’t want a lock box on my house!” I see their lips moving but what I’m really hearing is “I don’t really want to sell my property!”. Today’s sellers have genuine concerns about safety and security when their Cincinnati property is listed for sale. We tell home owners to safeguard valuables and secure any items which could topple over when potential buyers wander through the property. But not having lock box access to the house is well….dumb. Nobody in today’s market is going to drive somewhere to pick up a key or reschedule appointments so home owners can meet them at the door
In the greater Cincinnati market, Realtors and real estate companies are serious about setting and tracking showing appointments. Adjustments are made for kids, pets and whatever the seller needs. Having said that there are also lock box options for sellers and you need to discuss any issues with your agent.
No matter which type of box you use-make sure it’s an easy to access location. Scaling lamp posts, running around to the back door or hanging a utility box may can sometimes be impossible for agents to reach. Recently “we” had to cancel a showing because the lock box was located on a trellis buried in vines….and poison ivy. That was a first for me- but it happens.