Prepare yourself for meeting a buyer or seller

It’s always a good idea to be clued-in when it comes to face-to-face meetings with buyers or private sellers – especially as a first timer. We’ve put together some tips to help you make safe transactions People have been bartering, trading, buying and selling for years, if not millennia. While striking a deal (and a bit of small talk to boot) with strangers is no problem for most of us, there’s a few things some of us might worry about like: approaching the right person/house how to make small talk haggling /bargaining With a bit of confidence, experience and even role play with a friend or family member, it’s possible to get over these small things. Two’s company There’s no harm at all in bringing along a friend or family member for company. You can joke together later about how well you handled the bargaining. They can also help ask awkward questions about the item you’re thinking of buying and, more importantly, can act as a witness to the transaction should anything go wrong. Making small talk Listen to the news or read the headlines – you’ll have something to talk about other than the weather Ask questions about their journey, where they’re from and so on Ask why they want to buy or sell the item Smile, you’re on camera If you have security concerns, it makes sense to meet in a public place where you’re on CCTV. Did you know that in many urban or built-up areas we’re likely to be under, or close to, CCTV surveillance a lot of the time? By law companies and authorities have to erect signs but make sure that the area you arrange to meet in, whether it’s a corner of a car park or a hotel lobby, is in view of the camera. Viewings at your home For obvious reasons, many sellers have to invite buyers into their homes to view a piece of furniture, or to show that electrical items are in full working order. Worried about prying eyes? Don’t leave the door on the latch or left open Keep gates and side entrances closed Keep internal doors closed and back doors locked Keep valuables out of sight Going the extra step Look out and check their car details before answering the door If you’re selling something of high value and are worried about counterfeit notes, ask to take the person’s picture, or meet in public (CCTV) or get a bank draft from them (and go into the bank with them to check it) Don’t leave your wallet, handbag, house keys or car keys on show As with inviting any random stranger into your home have someone else in the house with you Don’t give out too much personal information, such as when you’re going on holiday next, whether you live alone, whether you have a house alarm, etc. Buying a car Similarly, if you’re a buyer going to view a car/vehicle – especially from someone who wants to deal in cash only – arrange to meet them at their house. If, for example, you have any difficulty with the transfer of ownership, at least you know where they live. #DoneDealing #Staysafe