LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - When selling a home, dozens of strangers can come through for a tour. Just last week, two people were caught taking advantage of open houses, stealing jewelry from homes in Lexington, northern Kentucky, and Ohio.
Realtor Christy Riggs with Better Homes and Gardens says she always tries to make sure visitors are serious about buying a home. To get a good idea if a visitor is legitimate, she asks them how many homes they've looked at and how long they've been looking.
She says buyers are usually nervous or tentative when viewing a home. So, if someone is a little too comfortable and starts looking through drawers and cabinets. That could be a sign they are interested in more than just the viewing.
"Our pictures are all over the internet now of the homes, so we are just really cautious of what's in the pictures and what's in plain view when someone is looking at the home," said Riggs.
Riggs explains that it's tough to balance security and aesthetic appeal, because owners want to make sure their home looks its best. But, expensive and important items and anything that can catch someone's eye needs to be removed.