$50 Rental Fee + $100 Deposit + Small Fee for Shipping
($100 Refunded upon Return)
Combo Lockboxes are available for all areas (except Richmond and Williamsburg**) - Realtor Lockboxes are only available in certain areas.
**Richmond, Williamsburg, Lynchburg, Roanoke, New River Valley, SWVAR MLS systems do not allow combo boxes
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All Lockboxes listed above are available for rental through For Sale By Owners Services
A deposit is required on all lockboxes. The deposit is refunded when homeseller returns lockbox in Clean, Unmarked and Reusable Condition. Failure to return lockbox means seller will forfeit all deposits.
DO YOU WANT A LOCKBOX?
Lockboxes are strongly strongly recommended. Some Realtors call last minute and you can not always be there. If an agent is pulling listings to show a buyer and it says NO Lockbox - many won't bother - it is too much of a hassle to track down the seller and try to coordinate showing it. Plus they don't want you there when they are showing the home. It is best to give them some space. This box will keep track of who has been in your home and give Realtors Access when they need it.
WHAT ARE THE PROS AND CONS OF EACH OF THE LOCKBOXES?
You have your choice between two lockboxes - the Realtor lockbox or a combo box.
The Realtor Lockbox
CANNOT be taken off the door by you - only by an agent - which sometimes is a hassle if the property is sold by owner (see below - "How do I take Lockbox off door". This realtor lockbox is preferred by realtors since they don’t have to look up combos and it keeps track of who has been in your home.
IMPORTANT - READ - Because this is For Sale By Owner and because we do not come to the home to remove the lockbox for you – we offer the below suggestion.
We always recommend to clients to get a bike chain and lock it around a fence or rail and slide the lockbox on to that – so if there is an issue with the box (batteries die, box malfunctions or when you have sold) – you can easily get the box off the chain to return to us..
This prevents the problem of you having to unscrew the doorknob to get the box off to return to us.
The second choice is a Combo Box
that can be removed by you so you can send it back when your listing is sold. Some sellers want agents to call before going to see the home (not just show up and walk in). This is another advantage of the combo lockbox. You, the seller, give out the combo to the agent (this gives you control of when agents show up). They will only know the combo if they speak with you. If the property is vacant or you don't care when agents show up - we can put the combo in the agent remarks so only agents see the combo. Richmond, Williamsburg, Lynchburg, Roanoke, New River Valley, SWVAR MLS systems do not allow combo lockboxes
Let us know your preference. Please remember though - if we advertise that there is a lockbox on the door and an agent shows up and it is not there - they can turn us in. We then get fined and therefore forward the fine to you. So whichever lockbox you select - remember it must stay on the door unless you notify us you are removing it and sending it back to us. Be sure to let us know where the lockbox is so we can note it in the listing.
HOW DO WE TAKE THE LOCKBOX OFF THE DOOR?
The realtor lockbox CANNOT be taken off the door by you - only by an agent so we recommend that you get a bike chain and lock it around a fence, tree or rail and slide lockboxes onto that so you can easily get the box off the chain to return to us Be sure to let us know where the lockbox is so we can note it in the listing
The selling agent can take it off the door on the day of walk-through (if your home is sold by an agent) - you can just give us a call or shoot us an e-mail f
or the code they will need to use with their realtor key to remove it for you.
However, if sold by owner, the bike chain is your best option or you can call a Realtor friend to remove it for you. Or you can remove the doorknob and send it back to us or bring it to us so we can remove the lockbox from the knob (Remember a new doorknob costs about $50 and you just saved 6%). We do not send keys or doorknobs back. Or, You can forfeit your deposit and have our driver pick up the box (only available in certain areas and 2 weeks notice is required).
IF WE RENT A LOCKBOX, WOULD A REALTOR BE ABLE TO ENTER THE HOME UNANNOUNCED?
We can put in the agent remarks in the MLS system that the agent must call first before showing the home - however some agents do not read - so we would encourage you to put a postcard on the front door by the lockbox stating appt required - do not enter without calling first. If you purchase CSS - it requires the agent to call them before showing your home (CSS also eliminates the solications from agents wanting your listing, termite and moving companies, etc. (Check it out on our order page).