Thursday, June 13, 2013

Home Seller Tips - Snooping happens when selling your home... Be ready!

Preparing to sell your home is more than addressing curb appeal and condition issues, if any.  While these are certainly important in ultimately bringing an acceptable offer, there are some oft overlooked items.

First, all these prospective buyers coming and going are strangers.   How trusting are you of strangers?

These strangers hopefully have a real estate agent who scheduled the appointment but very often agents know very little about the buyers either.  If strangers show up with no appointment, don't let them in.  Even if one says he/she is a real estate agent refer them to your real estate agent if an appointment has not been confirmed

What are some of these often overlooked areas of concern?
  • Your personal documents.   Identity theft is a major consideration.  Make sure any important papers (birth certificates, social security cards, bank information, passports, that sheet of paper with all your passwords) is secured.
  • Its the little things.   Put away anything that can be easily stolen like cash, credit cards, cameras, tablets/laptop computers, medications anything that can be easily stolen.
  • Firearms.   From a safety perspective never leave firearms where a child can get their hands on it.   Better yet, they can be stolen. 
While it is certainly important for sellers to focus on their property when preparing for the market prospective sellers should address these early on in the process and then get to work on the staging, de-personalizing, de-cluttering, a coat of paint on the front door, cleaning, etc!

If you are considering selling your Rockledge, Viera or Melbourne,  home call me at 321-693-3850.   I would welcome an opportunity to discuss how I can work with you.

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