Safety Measures for your Home and Valuables When Selling

I am very protective of my home sellers and caution them when listing. While I have never had any issues, I also ask all of my sellers to be proactive protecting themselves.

You will have a multitude of people coming through your home. Buyers should always be accompanied by an agent. However, during an open house or showings, it can be difficult to have eyes on everyone. 

As a homeowner, keep in mind there will be families with small children coming through your home. To eliminate any issues 

  • collectibles, valuables and fragile items should be out of reach, as they can be very tempting to touch
  • medications should be securely put away and not easily visible
  • all jewelry should be put away and out of sight
  • personal documents, including business paperwork should be tucked away
  • dangerous weapons, large knives and guns should be taken out of the home

While all of these recommendations seem like common sense, it’s easy to overlook them since we all live very busy lives. I have personally seen all of these issues while touring homes with buyers. For additional information, please contact me.

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5 Questions You Should Always Ask Your New Real Estate Agent

Are you in the market for a new home? Here are some questions to ask your Realtor. 

1. Are you a full time agent?  

A full-time agent will have more flexibility with a buyer’s busy schedule along with having more transaction and negotiating experience.

2. What areas do you work in?

Familiarity with the area is very important! If an agent doesn’t work in the area you are considering buying in, it may be in the buyers best interest to get a referral for another agent.

3. How will you keep me updated?

Communication is key throughout a transaction. How will they communicate with you during the process? Your agent should send listings and communicate with the lender and attorney.

4. What fees are involved?

In most transactions, sellers pay commission. Your agent should discuss what inspection fee, attorney and lender fees you can expect. 

5. Will I be working directly with you?

Many agents work on teams, have a buyers agent or licensed assistant. If working with a specific agent is important to you, make sure you know this ahead of time. 

How to avoid sabotaging your home sale

Are you concerned about sabotaging the sale of your home? Read these tips below to ensure a smooth transaction.

  • Overpricing a home is the most common mistake sellers make. Often times a seller will want to inflate the price to “price in” negotiating room or test the waters. This tactic often backfires and results in selling the competition. Buyers are very savvy and have a wealth of information at their fingertips and understand the value of homes. Overpricing can lead to longer days on the market as well as create a stigmatized home. 
  • Showing availability is crucial. While it may be inconvenient, not having the home available when there is a showing request will often result in the prospective buyer not making another attempt to view the property. Ideally a home seller should have the property “show ready” on a daily basis.
  • Going on the market before the home is ready. Don’t assume buyers will look past pending improvements. Your home should be a shiny penny when it hits the market. It’s truly in the sellers best interest to maximize the appeal of the home to expedite a quick sale for top dollar. 
  • Lacking flexibility while negotiating. Home sales contracts consist of many terms to be negotiated: sales price, closing date, mortgage & home sale/close contingency, personal property and home warranty to name a few. All parties want to feel good about the transaction. It’s best to stay flexible during negotiating. As a seller you may have to consider terns that weren’t expected.

Additional questions? For a complimentary consultation contact me.

Additional questions? For a complimentary consultation contact me.

Ask Terri: Should I stage my home to sell?

Dear Terri:

Should I stage my home to sell?


Steven Stageview

Dear Steven,

The term staging means different things for different homes. Most homes need some form of staging prior to listing to accentuate all the home has to offer.

Decluttering – This is a great time to pack, purge and donate. Start by reducing decor & personal collections. Countertop items should be reduced to items used daily. Closets should be organized. You will want prospective buyers to visualize their items in the home.

Light staging may include bringing in decor and artwork with todays color palette to refresh the home. Furniture placement is also important to create open spaces.

Full staging – Your Realtor may bring in a professional stager for a consultation. This will bring in additional expense, however depending on market conditions it could be just what the home needs to expedite a quicker sale.

Virtual staging – I can not begin to express the importance of photo quality! Sellers may choose not to have furnishing brought in to stage. Virtual staging can be an affordable option. Good quality virtual staging & photos will bring the buyers in the door. It is important to note they will be visiting a vacant home, so the home should have a deep cleaning as well.

This is a broad overview of staging. I would love the opportunity to visit and give you a more comprehensive consultation on staging your home. 

Additional questions? For a complimentary consultation contact me

Ask Terri: What do I do with my pets during a house showing?

Dear Terri:
Is it okay to leave my pets in the house during a showing?
Polly Petlover

Hi Polly,
While having your pets at home is always preferable for the home seller, it’s recommended to remove them during showings if possible.

I’ve experienced home showings with dogs in crates and many times the dog will bark continuously throughout the showing, which can be very distracting to prospective buyers. It can also be very stressful to your beloved pet who doesn’t understand why strangers are in their home. If your dog is crated, consider putting a note on crate not to pet the dog or put fingers in crate.

Regarding cats, as a listing agent I always encourage my clients to put notes on doors with instructions to keep exterior doors closed so the cat doesn’t escape!

Start by deep cleaning your home and repairing any pet damage prior to listing your home. Pet owners can be nose blind to odors, sprinkling baking soda on carpet prior to vacuuming can freshen carpet. During showings, pet beds, food bowls and toys should be put away.

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