Your home's security should be kept in mind.

By
Home Stager with Janice Ankrett Home Staging

 

You have decided to sell your home.

By putting it on the market you have opened it up to the public. Your home will not only be viewed in person by buyers, it will be viewed on the MLS by many many more.

While this helps sell your home so you can move on with your life, it does present security issues that should not be ignored.

As a Stager, it is part of my job to inform my clients about any issues I see in their home. Often they are surprised.

Lock boxes are used by many agents as a secure way to provide a key to your home. The combination is given out to other agents who will be showing your home to a potential buyer.

Public Open Houses are used to draw people in to view your home. Discuss the benefits with your Realtor. Find out if they feel it is the best route for your home. Will visitors be wandering through your home alone?

Family photos should be removed while on the market. These photos distract the buyer's attention from how they would use your home to what you are like. They can also tell the public about your children. Remember, these photos could end up on the MLS as well. Great photos of your rooms will help sell your home.

Children often have their name on their wall or sitting on a shelf. It looks great and fits in with the decor. But if it ends up in an MLS photo, strangers will know the sex, approximate age and the name of your child.

Extra keys are often left in a basket by the door or hanging on decorative hooks. Keep in mind that keys are small and pocketable. Store them out of sight while you are on the market.

Games and DVDs are  kept in open shelves or bins for easy access. Remember that they are small and easy to pick up.

Jewelry boxes and stands are convenient when left out on chests or vanities. It is best to put them out of sight when selling. Valuable items should be stored in safety deposit box or at a relative's home.

Valuable items should be in safe places or removed while you sell. They will not attract undue attention or be damaged during a viewing.

The Internet exposure will help sell your home. It also opens your home up to the public.

Keep this in mind as you prepare your home for sale.

 

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Rainmaker
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Peg Barcelo
Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369 - Summerland, BC
The FlufftasticStager from Summerland, BC

Janice, I was telling a lady just this same thing the other day. She had so many little ornaments everywhere and I said not only do you not want them to get broken, but you don't want to lose any. It also helped with the clutter issue...

Jan 04, 2012 11:41 AM #1
Rainer
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Bill Reddington
Re/max Southern Realty - Destin, FL
Destin Florida Real Estate

Thanks for all the great tips. In these economic times you definitely have to watch who is wondering around your listing. Lots of things to watch out for. It isn't easy anymore! 

Jan 04, 2012 11:48 AM #2
Rainmaker
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Janice Ankrett
Janice Ankrett Home Staging - Burlington, ON
Accredited Staging Professional

Peg, we do see this issue often as Stagers. I had to warn a client with a $15,000 glass sculpture that it was a risk to leave it in a wall niche. I could just see a purse knocking it off.

Jan 04, 2012 01:45 PM #3
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Janice Ankrett
Janice Ankrett Home Staging - Burlington, ON
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Very true Bill. Some Realtors only allow one visitor at a time to walk through so they can keep an eye on them.

Jan 04, 2012 01:47 PM #4
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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
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Janice- excellent advice especially about the extra keys hanging by a door or in a basket.  It's too easy for small items to walk out of the house.  So while we all want to be trusting, it's better safe than sorry. 

Jan 04, 2012 09:30 PM #5
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Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
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You've made some excellent points in this post Janice............things most people don't think about when their house is on the market.  Suggested!

Jan 05, 2012 05:21 AM #6
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Gail Fabiani
Right at Home Realty Inc., Brokerage - Burlington, ON

Great advice.  As a Salesperson holding an open house, I try to keep my eye on everyone and stand at the front door when they leave, however, some items could be easily stuffed in a pocket.  Especially easy for a professional thief.

Jan 05, 2012 03:08 PM #7
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Janice Ankrett
Janice Ankrett Home Staging - Burlington, ON
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That's right Kathy. Better safe than sorry.

Jan 05, 2012 06:41 PM #8
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Janice Ankrett
Janice Ankrett Home Staging - Burlington, ON
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Thanks Roger! So glad you agree.

Jan 05, 2012 06:42 PM #9
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Janice Ankrett
Janice Ankrett Home Staging - Burlington, ON
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Gail, I don't envy you your guard duty ;). There are so many articles small enough to pocket.

Jan 05, 2012 06:43 PM #10
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Jark Krysinski
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Janice, great tips! I think they are not only suitable for our clients but also very useful for ourselves. Thanks for sharing this with us!

Jan 16, 2012 03:32 PM #11
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Janice Ankrett
Janice Ankrett Home Staging - Burlington, ON
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Thanks Jark. Glad you agree.

Jan 17, 2012 09:40 AM #12
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