When Showing Your Home, You MUST Secure Your Valuables!
I received an email today from a listing agent of a property that I had shown a few months back and it really made the point clear why I always tell my sellers that when we are showing your home, you MUST secure your valuables. Here is the email I received as one of the many that had shown this waterfront property:
"To All Realtors that have shown the home at Swordfish Dr, Bradenton in The Inlets. I am sorry to report that when the owner came back to town she noticed her two Chinese Temple Dogs were missing from the Family room by the T.V.
A picture is attached. They are approximately 12" high and 5" wide. These two dogs cannot be replaced. If you have any idea or suspicious client, please contact me."
This was very disturbing, to think that at some point a qualified agent, would have taken their qualified buyer to show a home, and now weeks or months later the owner returns home to find something missing! This is a great disappointment for the home owner, the listing agent and for all the local agents. We never expect something like this to happen.
However, it is why experienced agents like those on my team advise sellers during the preparation for showing the home to not only downsize their personal belongings, and to have the home staged, but to also remove all small valuables and medications.
We never know, if by some off chance, there is a bad apple in the bunch or if a busy showing agent will become distracted and forget to lock the back door. Its so very important to remember, when showing your home, you must secure your valuables. Situations like the one that happened in this story are so very rare, but It is better to be safe than sorry.