When it comes to selling real estate, some “experts” don’t give the drug, gun and “get some” speech.
I was LAPD for a long time and know that in a confined space “certain things” can really hurt you. When we would respond to domestic violence situations, the first thing we were looking at were the people involved – do they have weapons?
The second thing we were looking for was weapons they could get access to in a moments notice.
Before sitting people on the couch or sofa, we pulled the cushions just to make sure nothing was concealed, and about 10% of the time, there were weapons concealed in those places.
When you prepare your home for sale – here are a few things to take note of.
If you have a closet that has your rifles or other types of weapons standing in the corner – make sure you secure them in another way. Buyers will open your closet and…. See what I mean?
Pills – some people have addictions to medications. Some of those people are buying homes. If your meds are left out in plain view or in your medicine cabinet or kitchen cabinet – they will be found. Now, while not everyone is addicted in such a way they are going to steal, why take the chance. Put them away in a secure area where the home viewing public will not have access to them.
The old Change Jar or Block of 24k Gold. Get rid of them. Put them in a locked container or to a relative to hold for you. We don’t need anyone with “sticky fingers” wanting to obtain a keepsake from your home.
Rolex, Omega, Swatch or Timex? Don’t leave these on your nightstand either. That includes your jewelry boxes – put them away. While a Good Realtor will be watching their clients, they cannot be two places at once. And while a Good Realtor will say let’s stick together so I may show you all the features of the home, it does not always work out that way.
Don’t forget – not every real estate buyer is up to no good. In fact, very few are up to no good. Think of the children, that may not know better, they have in tow. Don’t leave anything that may cause them harm lying around.
Final Word – Your home that is going up for sale will be exposed to the public. While most agent “screen” their real estate buyers, some jump from their offices and meet perfect strangers at real estate listings. This will include the home you are having us sell for you.
So, think smart about what you are going to be leaving in public view or within closed spaces. Buyers will open medicine cabinets, closets and sometimes dressers(not often – but I’ve seen it).
Be safe – Talk soon and reach out to me when you are ready for us to sell your Santa Clarita Valley and Valencia CA home.