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Safeguard Valuables While Showing your Home

by Kyla Brooke 01/12/2021

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When you list your home for sale, you will have people you don't know exploring the property -- and while real estate agents will supervise them, you will still have extra foot traffic in your home. You can work with your listing agent to ensure that visiting buyers are properly vetted (new listings often attract curious visitors that are not interested in buying, just touring the home). You can also take steps to protect your property during open houses and showings. A security system isn't beneficial -- because the people admitted to your home for a showing have permission to be there. Here's what to do before you list your home to protect your possessions from theft or harm. Most people are well-intentioned and the vast majority of showings are trouble-free but preparing to show your home can give you peace of mind and preserve your privacy and possessions, too. 

Replace originals: If you have original works of art as focal points in some rooms, you may want to replace them with prints, reproductions or lesser works while your home is on the market. Consider having artwork professionally packed by an art historian or specialty mover before your home goes on the market and you won't have to worry about it being in an empty home.  Note that even well-intentioned visitors could damage original art simply by touching it, so evaluate which pieces should stay on display when you show your home. 

Remove small electronics: Your wall mounted flat screen is safe during showings since it is simply too awkward to remove and tote away, but smaller pieces could be at risk. Small electronics like phones, tablets and games should be removed or secured before a showing. These items may also contain your personal information and secure data, so putting them away can protect your privacy, too. 

Secure or remove personal items: Jewelry and other small items should be removed from the home or placed in a safe or other secure location. Even if you don't have a conventional jewelry box or valet on display, consider removing especially valuable or sentimental items while your home is on on the market. 

Most visitors are honest, authentic buyers. However, if you have concerns about theft or damage, sweep your home before you list it and secure or replace any important items.

About the Author
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Kyla Brooke

Since 2005, I have been helping clients find dream homes and investment properties in the Russian River area of Sonoma County. I am also serious about affordable housing, and understand the issues related to life transitions. With Russian River Home Sales my intention is to reach out to those who wish to achieve their dream — of buying or selling a home — in the Sonoma County area.

My life’s work is about making sure that you can have the greatest quality of life possible. I am here to provide you with the professionalism and integrity needed to ensure that you feel secure in what can be a big decision in your life.

I’ve helped individuals; families, couples and investors sell and purchase properties in Sonoma County for years. Whether you’re buying, selling, investing or just doing research, you’ll need an agent who understands technology, integrity and teamwork. More importantly, you’ll want an agent who understands you and your goals. I combine this with the area’s unique market-knowledge. I have excellent negotiating skills. This enables me to team with you to get you the optimal price for any property you plan to sell or buy. 

Please feel free to use my website as a resource for all your Russian River and Wine County real estate needs. If you have any additional questions, don’t hesitate to contact me today. As a top agent in a unique market, I look forward to working with you.