Although over half (55 per cent) of women interviewed said that they’d never let a man into their house on a first date to protect their personal safety according to research by Sheilas’ Wheels Home Insurance, 82 per cent of women are prepared to put their personal safety at risk by inviting men in to view their home while home alone, so as not to miss out on a potential sale.
Worryingly, 63 per cent of women did not ask their estate agents what safety checks (if any) were made on buyers before allowing them to visit their property. Astonishingly more than half (57 per cent) didn’t even know their potential buyer’s name and almost two thirds (62 per cent) of women didn’t ask their estate agent whether the interested party was coming to the house alone.
Furthermore, with the ability to arrange private house sales online, more women are liaising directly with potential buyers to sell their properties and sharing personal information with strangers. The research showed that four out of five (81 per cent) women would agree to viewings with men without asking for any details from the potential buyer. A quarter of women (25 per cent) would give their personal mobile number out to men interested in their property and 19 per cent said that they would discuss personal details - such as when they left work and when the house was empty - before meeting the buyer.
Jenny Fawson from the Suzy Lamplugh Trust www.suzylamplugh.org has provided some top safety tips for showing your property to potential buyers who are unknown to you:
Sheilas’ Wheels used the independent online research company MyVoice who surveyed 1,000 of the UK’s female homeowners, from across the country aged 18 and over, on 21st April 2008