By Michael Hughes September 29, 2010
So, your Boulder County home is for sale. There’s a lock box on the front door, a sign in the yard and a daily prayer for a steady stream of motivated, qualified buyers to come through. What valuables should you protect or remove when you open your home to Realtors and their clients? Especially during open houses the list may surprise you.
1. Prescription Drugs – All prescription meds are a target for theft by unknown visitors to your home. And you may not find it hard to believe that the most popular drugs for visitors to pinch from your medicine cabinets and drawers and swiftly deposit into their pockets are the three V’s – Viagra, Valium and Vicodin! Don’t even get me started on the three O’s Oxcontin, etc etc. Don’t give anyone the chance to lift these prescription drugs from your premises! Protect all your prescription meds by locking them up, storing them away, out of sight and in an unlikely, inaccessible area, in other words not the medicine cabinet. This holds true not only when you are marketing your home for sale but also when you have anyone unknown whether it is the gardener, repairmen or contractors in and out of your home. Just fyi.
2. Small electronics – Ipods, Ipads, Ipones, Cell phones, GameBoys, Kindles, and laptop computers are also a target for easy pickins – easy to slip into a pocket while touring your super WOW home. While agents who are with their clients have a mindful eye on your home, they are not familiar with your personal belongings and cannot always be watching their group of clients. Picture a family of 5 –Mom, Dad, Jessica, Robert and Scott. All go meandering through the house at their own pace and in the rooms that interest them most. Allen the Agent isn’t going to be able to watch all the hands and pockets – nor will Allen the Agent be able to spot when something valuable of yours is not in its place. Be pro-active and place all valuable or small electronics out of sight and as inaccessible as possible. (Get the drift here? Out of sight out of mind and inaccessible.)
3. Jewelry or Cash – watches, rings, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, cash, credit cards – anything of real or sentimental value – say it with me – “Out of sight, out of mind.” Don’t tempt anyone to help themselves to your pretty baubles, bangles, bling, bling or cash.
4. Guns and Ammo – Seriously. Sellers says, “Michael, should my husband take the Glock and ammo box out of the upstairs bedroom while our house is on the market.” Are you kidding me? Hello? Yes! Put the guns out of sight and make them absolutely inaccessible. Locked in a gun safe is your safest bet. And put the bullets somewhere else entirely, out of sight and inaccessible. And any other weapons or sharp swords, knives, etc. Locked up, Locked up, Locked up!
So there it is – what valuables every (Boulder County) Home Seller needs to stow away out of sight and put in an inaccessible area to prevent unexpected and costly loss.
If you have questions about this article or anything give me a call anytime. Michael Hughes-Fuller Sothebys International Realty=303-359-6627 or you can visit my website at www.BolderRealEstate.com