Lisa and Jim's Northern Nevada Real Estate Blog: When Marketing Your Home Put Your Valuables Away When Selling!

When Marketing Your Home Put Your Valuables Away When Selling!

An agent will do everything she can to protect your assets, but if you have a new agent and a thief that has been a thief for 20 years - who has more experience?  Remove the temptation - put it away.  After all, they aren't buying your jewelry - they are supposed to be buying your house.  You are moving anyway... pack some of your special things a bit early to play it safe.  You'll appreciate them more when you unpack at your new house ... and you'll still have them. Well priced homes are selling these days so your security efforts won't mean that you will be without the pleasure of your valuables for very long. 

Theft during a home showing is a rare event, but it is not unusual for us to show a home and see rings, watches, cameras and cash carelessly left in full view.  This always causes us to pause and creates great consternation when there are several people in the viewing party, i.e.- a family with kids running around, two couples looking together, etc.  It places an unfair burden on your agent to protect those assets when in fact they should be focused on presenting your home and qualifying the potential Buyers as to how it will fulfill their wants and needs.  The distraction to the agent actually works against you. 

Marketing your home is a very safe endeavor and experienced agents have learned to be aware to protect your assets.  The MLS Lockbox systems are now technical marvels that not only record the entry of the agent showing the house, they actually give your agents the showing date, time and agent identity immediately when they enter the home.  

Buyers and their agents should also be aware of other modern technology when viewing a home.  It is very easy to install audio and video equipment throughout a house to record Buyers' comments and actions while they are looking at the home.  It can even be set up so the Seller can watch real time via the internet on their remote computer.  They can actually watch you view their home.  That doesn't mean you shouldn't open closets and drawers - you have to look the home over closely - rather it means you should be cautious about what you say.  If you really, really like the home you don't want to tip your hand by verbalizing your excitement about the home while you are in the house - it could adversely affect your negotiating position.  

Our Advice:  Don't leave your watch, rings, wallet ... any pocket sized valuable... in plain view.  You will be having strangers through your house and it is a distraction to their purpose - the purchase of your house- to be tantalized by vulnerable valuables.  You don't put your watch on the dash of your car when you are selling it and you don't give home tours to somebody looking to buy your camera.  Put your small precious things out of sight.  While you're at it ... consider what else might be visible that you wouldn't want publicized.  We've seen some very private items left in full display - some legal, some not - that the Buyers were uncomfortable viewing.  This, too, is detrimental to the sale of your home. 

Your agent can help you arrange your home and personal affects to maximize your home's presentation and the protection of all your assets.  When it comes to choosing professionals to assist you with your real estate needs... Experience is Priceless!  Lisa Wetzel & Jim Valentine, RE/MAX Realty Affiliates, 775-781-5472.,

Comment balloon 6 commentsLisa Wetzel • May 05 2009 07:07PM


Hi Lisa, good idea to keep sellers informed on what could, although unlikely, happen.  Always better safe than sorry!

Posted by Gail MacMillan almost 11 years ago

Hey, Lisa. I left a surprise for you in my blog post this morning. Let me know when you find it. What? You thought I was going to tell you exactly where it is? Ha! This comment is a clue, though.

Posted by Not a real person about 8 years ago

Lisa, congratulations on being featured in Russel Ray's Golden Oldies #28 (December 31, 2011)! I know you're as honored as I am!

I love your advice in this post. It always amazes me what some folks will - innocently - leave out in plain view. I live in a small, safe market, but temptation is temptation. I love your comment, "If you have a new agent and a thief who has been a thief for 20 years - who has more experience?"

Common sense should always rule, but your reminder is always a good idea!

All the best to you in 2012!

Posted by Debbe Perry, 828.439.3084 Morganton/Lake James NC (Real Living Carolina Property ) about 8 years ago

Russel ... thamks for the feature!  What a nice honor!  Just loggeswd in and found it!

Debbie ... Congratulations to you as well!!

Happy New Year Everyone!

Posted by Lisa Wetzel, CDPE, SFR (RE/MAX Realty Affiliates) about 8 years ago

When I was going to open houses ten years ago looking for a place to buy, people had their bank statements laying out on the kitchen table, along with checkbooks, utility statements.... Some people just don't think, which is why they need Realtors!

By the way, I came over here via Russel's Golden Oldies.

Posted by EC, JF, Double R and Zoey the Cool Cat (Russel Ray Photos) about 8 years ago

My pet peeve is when I go to preview a property and there is money laying on the kitchen counter, or in a bedroom. I've seen as much as $60 in $20!

I should also let you know that I found you from the link in Russel Ray's Golden Oldies post today.

Posted by Jim Frimmer, Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist (HomeSmart Realty West) about 8 years ago