Safety is one of the most important concerns when it comes to selling your property. So important, in fact, that The National Association of Realtors issues safety guidelines for its members. While many of these guidelines are geared specifically toward Realtors®, some are important for sellers to keep in mind while their property is on the market. Here are 5 ways to protect yourself and your property.
1. Schedule appointments
Don’t allow people to just ring your bell at any hour for a showing. Instead, have them phone your Realtor® to make an appointment. Showing your house during the daytime is not only the best strategy for safety, but it also shows your property in the best possible light.
2. Remove Prescriptions, pets and weapons
Make sure any prescriptions are out of cabinets and bedside tables. Firearms, knives (even those in a butcher block) also need to be locked away. Make sure your pets are secured at all times (best solution, send your precious pets on vacation!
3. Keep valuables out of sight
Keep all jewelry, valuables and money out of plain sight. This includes storing those items in a safe place (never in the front of drawers or closets). If possible, store away laptops and put high-end stereos, flat panel TVs, etc., in storage until you sell.
4. Trim hedges
Before you list your home, make sure the shrubbery surrounding it is clipped down to around waist level. This will ensure that you have maximum visibility to neighbors, even if you are in the backyard. It is also a good idea for curb appeal!
5. Don’t be too public
Limit the amount of personal information that you share. Leave the advertising and marketing to your Realtor. Put away any bills, invoices, credit card statements mail and anything with your Social Security number or other personal data. Remove family photos too!
The bottom line in enjoying a painless real estate transaction is finding the right agent. The saying is “20% of the agents do 80% of the business,” and it is true. The question is how can you find a good real estate agent? The best agent for you is an experienced professional who will listen to you, conduct herself in an ethical manner and knows your market. All Realtors® are licensed to sell real estate as an agent or a broker but not all real estate agents are Realtors®. Only Realtors® can display the Realtor® logo. Realtors®, like me, belong to the National Association of Realtors and pledge to follow the Code of Ethics in all transactions.
If you are considering selling your luxury home, estate, vineyard or winery in Napa Valley or any of the surrounding communities , please call me at 707-738-4820 or email me at [email protected]. I have three-decades of experience and offer all my clients my unsurpassed expertise in property acquisition, construction, remodeling, development and asset management. I always think safety first when it comes to real estate, something my customers tell me they appreciate. They can just sit back and relax, knowing their property is in good hands!