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.

Additional questions? Please 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: Staging Your Home During the Holidays

Dear Terri:
It’s right before Christmas and I’m getting ready to sell my house. Should I keep any decorations up in the staged house?
Holiday Helen

Dear Holiday Helen,
In the Chicagoland area there are fewer homes on the market during the holiday season. While you may experience fewer showings, keep in mind the buyers that are out there braving the cold are serious about finding a new home!

Staging your home during the holidays will create a warm and welcoming ambiance. Begin by clearing clutter and store some of your “everyday” decor. Keep in mind “less is more”.

Consider a smaller tree to maximize room space. When decorating the tree, keep it simple and keep the heirloom ornaments packed safely away. Put a few matching wrapped presents under the tree. During showings soft music in the background helps set the stage.

While holiday scents are wonderful, keep the fragrance in your home very light. Strong scents in a home can be very off putting to prospective buyers.

The entryway is very important, you will want to create a welcoming first impression. A wreath on the front door, or a pot of evergreens with a bow will add a bit of holiday cheer.

Keep your driveway and walkways clean and free from ice. If you have outdoor lights, make sure cords are safely secured and do not present a tripping hazard.

Make sure to put down throw rugs and have a basket of booties to protect your flooring.

Additional questions? For a complimentary consultation contact me

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