In addition to making sure your home is all staged and beautiful, it's important to hide these five things during a real estate open house, so they will not be stolen. After all, the general public comes traipsing through your home, and unfortunately, there's a chance some may be up to no good.
Recently, a friend of mine had a real estate open house at her home. Afterwards, $300 worth of essential prescription drugs were missing. If the real estate agent is smart, she'll agree to compensate for the missing drugs. However, it appears that is not the case. There are some people who steal prescription drugs and resell them, or use them to make new illegal, recreational drugs. Therefore, take all your drugs out of the medicine cabinets, so those "just using the bathroom" can't steal them.
Jewelry is small and valuable. It is way too easy for someone to pocket a sentimental and/or valuable ring or necklace in seconds. Take your whole jewelry box, and hide it somewhere. Even if you just pack it up in a big, taped up cardboard box on a closet shelf, that is likely enough to prevent theft.
If you own a gun, have it locked up in a place where people cannot tell it is a gun. the last thing you need is someone stealing your firearm, and committing a crime with it later.
Do not leave your bills, tax records, mail, etc. laying around when the public comes through your house. File your papers away and lock them up in a lock box or file cabinet. it is too easy for someone to take a picture of your papers with a phone camera, and steal your identity.
Do not leave ipads, cameras, laptop computers, cell phones, ipods, or flashdrives in plain view. This goes for any portable electronic you may have. These are too easy to snatch. Turn off your desktop computer completely, so nobody can look at anything on it.
My buddy with the stolen drugs thought it a good idea that I write this. I agree. it's something we need to be savvy about and aware of.
Amazing to think you need to do these things, but I guess you do ....
Sad, but necessary to think of these possibilities.
This is excellent information. I'll remember this next time I sell.
select one here...