Things I told my sellers to do to protect privacy (PT25)

There is always that nosy next-door neighbor who isn’t really on the market to buy a property but has a friend who is an agent who will arrange a viewing even though they cannot afford your property.

But here’s what we recommend that you do:

Put away mail: You want to know how the next-door neighbor knows that JPS disconnected your electricity or if your credit card bill is overdue? Maybe because you left that stack of mail, right next to the toaster oven, on the island in your kitchen during a viewing. Things like bankruptcy documents, divorce papers, small loans, and hospital bills should be kept in a safe place away from the people who are viewing your home. Do you really believe a buyer will not read your personal mail? Oh…Think again.

When a buyer walks into your house they are looking for every possible reason to negotiate a lower price. If they realize you are in a position where you have to sell they will use that to their advantage. This is one of the reasons we do Power Houses…not open houses. But you can call us for more details.

Organize your closet: People don’t need to know what you’re getting into. What you do when your doors are closed is your business. It is best to organize your space to be very neutral. Empty the drawers. Do not leave anything that could have the buyer assuming the wrong impression of you. Put away the sexy lingerie, hide the case for your firearm, remove those colored strings tied on your grill, doorknobs or other random places in your house. I could go on but you get the picture. Remember you’re selling the property, not your lifestyle or practices.

If you need additional information you can also ask our trained Power Team members to do a scan of your property to ensure that it is buyer ready.

Remove photos and awards: People are biased and buyers are people! Leaving out your longstanding awards that show religious or political affiliation can actually work against you as a seller. Someone may not support your political party or religious views and decide not to place an offer based on just that.

Put away family photos, wedding pictures, pictures of graduations or maybe a loved one, especially someone who has passed away. These items tell your whole story, your age and stage in life and sometimes buyers us it to their advantage to really negotiate lower.

Do you want to know “How Much You home is Worth”? Give us a call at +18765139222 or email me at


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