Property Listing Safety
We want your property buying, renting or selling experience with KiwiAds to be as secure and successful as possible. Here are our top tips to protect your personal safety:
- Viewings to be done during daylight hours
Viewings should be done during the day only. Not only is this the safest option but ensures viewers a clear and accurate picture of the property.
- Never attend viewings alone
Neither buyers/renter nor sellers should attend viewings alone – ensure someone is always with you. If you can't get anyone to accompany you, let someone know the time of the viewing and the address. Arrange to contact them at a designated time so that they know you are safe. Plan for what they should do if you fail to call at the appointed time.
- Trust your gut instincts
If for any reason you don't feel comfortable entering a home – make an excuse and leave immediately. It's important to assess the situation and trust your instincts. Do not be persuaded by formalities.
- Take a professional approach
It's important to be friendly but avoid getting too familiar in case it gives the wrong impression. Be confident, controlled and professional in your approach – whether you are a buyer, looking to rent or a seller.
- Refrain from making any payments until confirmation of contract
Do not make any payments until you receive a formal written contract which has been signed and fully agreed by all parties. Some fraudsters ask for payments even before a viewing takes place – do not be deceived by their promises of a property/rental agreement that sounds too good to be true – it usually is!
- Meet face-to-face
Whether you're a tenant or a landlord, it's important to meet the other party before agreeing to a rental contract. This will give you the chance to ask important questions for your personal safety and judge the legitimacy of their offer. Warning signs should be alerted when a landlord tells you they can't meet you as they are abroad a lot – this may be a scam.