Safe viewing Guide

Preloc8 Safe viewing Guide.

It’s important that you consider your personal safety.

You can always Flag suspicious behaviour on the app! Even during the viewing process.


Safe viewing Guide

Hosting Viewings.

If you are selling or renting the property yourself, get as much information as possible from the potential buyer/tenant before arranging a viewing and make sure you give that information to a friend or relative before the buyer/tenant


Vetting can be as simple as asking some basic questions over the phone, like:

  • What’s your full name?

  • Why are you moving?

  • When would you be looking to move?

  • How many people will be living in the property?

  • Where do you work and what job do you do?

  • Current living address?

  • How many will be turning up for the viewing and who and why?

  • Obtain additional viewers details names.

  • See if they will be willing to forward a copy of a current photo of themselves via email prior the arranged viewing.

  • Please bring at least one form of current and valid photo ID i.e. driving license, passport, EU national identity card, UK residence permit (BRP).


If you do decide to communicate by other forms of media, it would be advisable to vet them through respected known sites such as FaceTime, Skype, Facebook, which you will be able to capture a snap shot and save the profile. Still bringing at least one form of photo ID on arrival.

Be aware if asked to be taken to an unknown private chat site against your will, if unsure or suspicious, terminate the contact and report your concerns to Preloc8.

Whenever possible try to avoid being alone in the property when conducting viewings. If you’re single or your partner is unable to be there, ask a friend or family member to be with you.


You may also consider for your first meeting to be held at your local coffee house to formally introduce and vet your viewer before moving on to view your property.


Hiring ‘a friend’ from a service company in order to have someone present with you when viewing are also available.


If you do have to carry out a viewing alone, then give the viewer the impression that a friend/partner will be coming round to the property shortly.  You should also consider checking the viewer in. You can do this by making a call to a friend or relative as soon as they arrive. The viewer then knows they have been ‘registered’ as having arrived and that someone is watching out for you.


Remove all your valuables, before your prospect arrives for the viewing, you’ll probably want to go around and make sure everything looks its best. You should also remove from view any important documents; Bank statements are a classic example.

Don’t leave them any viewer unattended, Try not to leave anyone alone during a viewing – Give them space to walk around – just make sure they stay within eyesight.

Always check who will be coming to the viewing. If they say they will be alone and more people turn up, do NOT let them into the property. If they arrange to come another time, make sure that someone is with you for the viewing.

Secure the property after your viewing, if a window or exterior door is opened during a viewing, make sure you lock it after they’re gone.

As a landlord, you may consider to apply for a credit/tenancy check on a potential tenant before deciding if they would be suitable by using credit check sites such as: Experian, Rentify, Equifax, or Clearscore.

Viewing Properties

Keep yourself safe, don’t take cash deposits with you to a viewing; ask to see ID when you arrive.

Whenever possible try to avoid being alone in the property when conducting viewings. If you’re single or your partner is unable to be there, ask a friend or family member to be with you.

Beware of scammers; don’t hand over any deposit or rent monies until you’ve signed a contract. A well-known scam is for criminals to break into a property and show people around, only to con them out of money upfront.

You should also be wary of any landlord or seller who asks for the deposit to be paid through a ‘Western Union’ transfer it’s a common scam.

Do not give out bank details or cash upfront to reserved rights. All deposit transaction should be done via legal representations.

Only exchange details once a contract is agreed and in process, and to be authorized by sets of legal representatives from both parties.

Stay alert. Be friendly but professional and avoid giving out too much personal information. Try to look confident and in control at all times.

Make sure you keep your personal safety in mind at all times and never allow your natural inclination of suspicious behaviour to be polite – or your desire to secure a property.

Thank you for using Preloc8

Very best wishes

Team Preloc8