So you have your home on the market or you are thinking about calling us or someone, to do so. First, we here at Maine Real Estate Choice have the most experienced team in the great Maine Lakes Region and we hope you will give us a call, come meet with us here in Naples, Maine. We are right across from the intersection of route 11 and 302 and stop by before you make your final decision on who you prefer to work with, to help you with your Real Estate needs. And whomever you choose to work with, here are a few things we want to share with you about basic safety that can be overlooked.
Remember that your trash is another man’s treasure and you just purchased that expensive dream flatscreen and a new sound system to dress up your property for sale. The bunch of empty boxes sitting outside until trash and recycle day triggers an alarm to would-be thieves. Instead of putting the boxes out in plain sight, cut them down, and do not make your new expensive electronics inside so obvious.
Once you start having showings, always hide your personal information,
and do not leave mail or bills out in the open where someone could pocket it for identity theft. Be sure to lock down your computer, lock up your laptop and any other expensive, easy-to-pocket electronics like iPods and phones, before all your showings.
Know that when we are showing your property, it isn’t over till it’s over. We never assume that everyone has left the premises at the end of an open house. We’ll diligently check all of the rooms and the backyard prior to locking the doors. Safety first, and last. Sturdy doors are key to home safety. Make sure that all your home’s doors to the outside are metal or solid, 1 ¾” hardwood, and have good, sturdy locks. Do not use hide-a-keys or leave a key under the mat or the plant pot. Strangers will be walking through the home during an open house. Again, hide any valuables in a safe place. For security’s sake remember to remove keys, credit cards, jewelry, crystal, furs and other valuables from the home, or lock them away out of sight during showings. Also remove prescription drugs. Some seemingly honest people wouldn’t mind getting their hands on a bottle of that may be in your home.
We hope this awareness may be helpful to you. Make it a great week!