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Showhomes has staged more homes across the country than any other staging organization. We have many great long term relationships with Realtors across the country and this has been one of the keys to our success. There are times when we see mistakes made by Realtors that we interact with that could be avoided. This is a great blog by Rooms in Bloom Home Staging with some information that you should consider before working with a Realtor and Home Stager.
“It’s always great when realtors and home stagers create strong partnerships. In these types of scenarios, both parties support and rely on each other to handle the important aspects of preparing and selling homes. We have seen these partnerships go wrong however and from our perspective, here are the Top 10 home staging mistakes realtors make:
1. Selecting your Stager based on price only – Selecting a stager simply because they are the cheapest is one of the best ways to sabotage your sale and cost your clients thousands of dollars in lost equity. More important than cost is the experience, talent and resources a staging professional will have – and the results they achieve! When selecting your staging professional, base your final decision on their portfolio, professionalism and expertise.
Free or Low Pricing doesn’t ensure QUALITY so buyer beware!
2. Telling your stager what they can – or cannot – address in a home – It’s not always easy to hear what a home stager has to say but their job is about addressing ALL the factors that buyers will object to. Agents often tell their stagers to go easy on their clients or not to address certain things. This does a disservice to your clients and can potentially cost them in poor buyer interest, price reductions and even the sale of their home. A better plan is allow your staging professional to discuss everything they need to so even if you or your clients decide not to implement the suggestions right away – if the house doesn’t sell then – there is a back up plan. Finally, trust your staging professional to handle sensitive topics in such a way that you or your clients will understand and appreciate. If your stager can’t do this then maybe it’s time to find a new stager!
3. Selling your listings vacant – Statistically, vacant properties take 90% longer to sell than staged properties. That can mean sitting on the market up to 7 months longer and going through countless price reductions. Investing in home staging never costs as much as the first price reduction once a property is on the market. Not recommending your clients invest in staging can cost them on the the final sale price and extra carrying costs, resulting in a long stint on the market.
4. Not using professional photography – It’s an online real estate world and buyers are searching for their next dream home on their mobile devices. Buyers are also inherently visual so professional pictures of bright, modern spaces will get their attention and get them in the door for a visit. If your realtor doesn’t offer professional photography, find one who does. It is simply not an option anymore not to use professional photography.
5. Poor planning and time management – This is an important one!Many people fail to plan how much time it will reasonably take to prepare and stage their homes for sale. The sense of urgency prompts them to put the property on the market when it clearly isn’t market ready. Be reasonable and plan for taking anywhere between 1 – 3 weeks to get your home show-worthy. Calling in a home stager and then planning for pictures the next day is unrealistic and unreasonable – for both your clients and for your stager.
6. Staging the home yourself – Well meaning realtors often offer to help clients stage their homes – with mixed and varying results. As most realtors have not been trained on how to effectively showcase focal points or create great flow through key selling areas, these efforts are often ineffective. We recommend working with a professional who can confidently recommend the right colors, finishes and furnishings to add the WOW factor so that the agent has a property which is a joy to market and sell. Unless a realtor owns their own staging business and inventory (we know of a few successful ones), agents are best to partner with a staging professional who can handle all aspects of a home’s preparation while the realtor does what they do best: sell the home!
7. Disrupting the Staging - Once a home has been staged, it’s important that it be kept in the same condition throughout the time it is up for sale. Most stagers have clauses in their contracts which prevent items from being moved or relocated so it’s important to be aware that the home was staged in a certain way for a reason. Moving furniture around or relocating staging decor can make the staging less effective. Additionally, if someone sits on a bed or a sofa, fix the pillows and straighten the bedding – especially for the pictures.
This room looks great except for the pillows on the sofa! Someone sat on the sofa and didn’t fix them for the pictures!
8. Undermining Your Stager - When we get contacted by a new realtor, we always invite him or her along on a staging consultation so that they can see how we work and understand the reasoning behind our recommendations. This builds trust and confidence in both parties so that they can, in turn, support each other. Nothing is worse however, than having the agent who hired you disagree or dismiss your suggestions in front of the clients. Not only does that create confusion but it also makes the stager you chose, look like they don’t know what they are talking about. Staging is our area of expertise and that is what most realtors want – an expert – so their clients will listen and follow the recommendations. If you disagree with something your stager is saying, it’s fine to ask why they suggested it – your clients are probably wondering too – and listen to the explanation. If the stager is recommending things that you know won’t add value or are confusing, be sure to have a talk with him or her after the appointment.
9. Poor Communication with Your Stager - The best partnerships are built on great communication so we encourage realtors to disclose all necessary information to their stagers. This can be anything from relevant personal details about the client (divorce or a death in the family necessitating the move) to providing feedback on the staging services themselves. We aren’t mind readers and letting us know facts like the home owners have already bought a home and are listing the following day will greatly impact how we prioritize our recommendations. Realtorswill get a client complaint from time to time – stagers are addressing some personal topics and regardless of how good their communication skills are, there will be people who take offense. Discuss it with your stager and do your best to back them up. Remember, they are having the conversations with your clients that you don’t want to have. Some of our best realtor partnerships have come from going through these types of situations together.
10. Telling Your Clients they Don’t Need to Stage their Home - While this echos a bit of #6, this mistake deserves a mention. We often hear agents say that they don’t recommend home staging or that they have never had to use one in their ___ years in business. Great! It’s important to realize however that the way homes are sold these days has been changing and evolving for awhile. Presentation and condition are very important to today’s buyers who value quality over price and who have little time or interest in dated properties. The emerging buyer places considerable value on free time – they eat out more, travel and value time with friends and family over working in their home. They will pay MORE money for a home which is turn key and which reflects the lifestyle they aspire to have for themselves. If you aren’t staging your listings then we can tell you with confidence that you are helping to sell the staged homes in your area. Sellers are aware of these changes and are seeking out realtors who offer home staging as part of their listing services. They know they have to do more to impress this new generation of buyers. Offering staging to your clients will give you more marketable listings, better sales & more referrals plus it will give you an edge when you are competing against other agents!
A great partnership with your stager will strengthen your business and impress your clients. Avoiding these mistakes will ensure that the relationship you have with your stager is a long and profitable one!”
Marty Barnes from The Entrepreneur Source recently wrote a great blog post about one of our long term franchisees Donna Muelver. Great overview of the fascinating people that are part of the Showhomes family.
“Our Entrepreneur this month wasn’t looking for a franchise and had little interest in owning one. But sometimes the franchise just finds you. Donna Muelver answered the door when opportunity knocked and she is happy she did.
Donna Muelver was a stay at home mom and foster parent and her husband Rick was a firefighter. One day a friend told them about a real estate sign installation company that was for sale. It was a struggling company with potential. Donna could run and market the business and her husband Rick and eldest son Wayne could help out with the installation of the lawn signs. They did this for over 10 years, increasing sales and adding real estate photography to their basket of services. And then, opportunity knocked again.
Bellaire home wins in CNBC Competition “Best Bang For Your Buck”
Showhomes Home Staging had its home staging services recognized nationally by CNBC’s Million Dollar Home Contest.
Showhomes Home Staging, a national home staging franchise, staged the million dollar property that was selected by CNBC’s real estate expert, Dolly Lenz, as the “best bang for your buck” in the country, priced at $1 million on May 3, 2013.
The winning home on Cedar Street in Houston’s Bellaire neighborhood is listed by realtor Lisa Kornhauser who works for the firm of John Daugherty Post Oak Realtors, who asked Showhomes to help him stage the million-dollar property. The English manor is 4,413 square feet and features four bedrooms, 3 1/2 bathrooms, a fire pit, outdoor kitchen and exceptional kitchen appliances.
Showhomes Home Staging specializes in helping realtors and homeowners sell homes by staging properties in such a way that prospective buyers can already imagine themselves living in the home.
“The key is to add little details,” says Matt Kelton, chief operating officer of Showhomes Home Staging, “Today’s Wall Street Journal by the coffee maker, slippers by the bed and fresh flowers on the dining room table make all the difference.”
CNBC’s Million Dollar Home Contest revealed a single multi-million dollar home in six different markets across the U.S.: Charlotte, N.C.; Chicago; Houston; New Haven, Conn.; and San Diego, Calif. The show aims to explore value in different markets and real estate trends in different regions of the country.
Not so, says Realtor Joe Finnerty, of Prudential Patt, White Real Estate. Finnerty and his clients encounter homes with dirty dishes in the sink and an overflowing cat litter box.
“A part of you wonders: Did the agent tell them what to do?” said Finnerty, who has an accredited home stager on his team. “I have heard sellers say before, ‘If somebody really wants the house, they will overlook that stuff.’ They won’t.”
Real estate agents and home stagers say the surefire way to sell your home fast is staging, either with the help of a professional or by following the simple, effective rules of the trade.
A house that sells fast is clean, clutter-free and looks well maintained. Staged homes sell for about 8 percent more money since they sell faster, Finnerty said.
Real estate agents and professional stagers alike agree the window to make a good impression is small. An effectively staged home allows potential buyers to envision moving right in.
“Allow the buyer to see the house, not the seller’s belongings,” advises Therese Kelley, president of the Lehigh Valley Association of Realtors.
Most buyers will first see your home online, so you want stellar photos that show all aspects of the house, said Nina Evangelista, owner of Staging It. She warns that clutter jumps out in photos.
“If they don’t like the pictures, they won’t call. The better the photos, the more traffic you will attract,” she said. “The more space and the cleaner the home appears, the faster the sale.”
If an online listing piques a potential buyer’s interest, most then hop in the car and drive by the home, Evangelista said. That’s why sellers need to evaluate their entire home with a critical eye starting with the view from the street.
Lawns should be well maintained, and if it’s spring or summer, plant flowers, Kelley said. In fall or winter, make sure leaves are raked and walkways shoveled. Give the front door a fresh coat of paint and put new numbers on the house.
“It makes the prospective buyer think they really took care of this home in other ways,” Evangelista said.
If the target buyer is a family with children, list your home in the spring, said Shoshana Gosselin, an interior designer and stager who owns Love Your Room. Families don’t want to uproot their children mid-school year, so they typically aim for a summer move.
The house should be spotless. Get carpets shampooed and drapes cleaned. Eliminate pet or food odors and send Fido to the neighbors. Ditch the tchotchkes and take down the personal pictures.
“If you go into a living room and the whole wall is covered in family photos, it’s hard to picture yourself there,” Finnerty said
Buyers are nosy
Prospective buyers aren’t like polite house guests, warns Gosselin. They will be looking in closets and storage spaces, so start packing and purging.
“You want them to open a closet and see how big it is, not all your shoes,” she said.
Replace dated light fixtures or draperies. Make sure light bulbs are all working and turn all the lights on before a showing, Kelley said.
“Little updates, details are what sell a home,” Gosselin said.
Has your wife been nagging you about that door that sticks for years? Chances are, Kelley said, buyers will notice that too. Save yourself the trouble and fix it before your home goes on the market.
Paint and carpet are two of the cheapest and biggest updates a seller can make. Slapping a fresh coat of paint on the wall has a 109 percent return on investment, Evangelista said. Stick to neutral colors and bring in pops of color with accessories, said Gosselin, who recommends Benjamin Moore Marble Canyon as a buyer-friendly paint color.
Solutions big and small
Fixes don’t have to be expensive.
Put that dated fire screen in storage and let the fireplace shine with a fresh stack of firewood, Evangelista said. Or swap out the kitchen hardware.
“You want to appeal to a vast amount of people,” Evangelista said. “Not to one small unique set of people.”
The return on investment for major updates like a new furnace or roof is tricky because buyers expect homes to have these things.
“If you pay $6,000 for a new roof, we can’t raise the price by $6,000,” Finnerty said. “It definitely makes it more appealing. If the roof is totally falling down, you will get every penny’s worth back.”
If you fear the age of your furnace could be an issue for potential buyers, Kelley suggests having it serviced and finding out the replacement costs since it will impact your bottom line. Savvy buyers check a unit’s service card, she said.
Real estate agents agree vacant homes are the hardest to sell. If the owners have moved out, Kelley and Finnerty strongly advise renting furniture and staging a home.
Stagers offer tiered services ranging from one-time consultations to total home overhauls with new furniture and accessories. One-time consultations typically result in a report with suggested updates.
If you can’t afford to hire a home stager, ask your real estate agent for help.
Know your target buyer and get your home ready for that person.
Eliminate niche and personal items from your home.
Rooms look smaller without furniture, so placing just a bed in a room helps buyers with scale.
Small, inexpensive updates can make a huge difference.
Franchise Business Review surveyed more than 26,000 franchisees representing over 350 franchise brands based on their level of satisfaction, experience, market area, business lifestyle, and other demographic characteristics. The list of the 2013 “FBR50” received the highest ratings by their franchise owners.
Nashville, TN, March 08, 2013- Showhomes, America’s largest home staging provider, announced today that it has been awarded into the 2013 Top Franchise Systems for the fifth year in a row.
Franchise Business Review surveyed more than 26,000 franchisees representing over 350 franchise brands based on their level of satisfaction, experience, market area, business lifestyle, and other demographic characteristics. The list of the 2013 “FBR50” received the highest ratings by their franchise owners.
“The satisfaction and success of our franchise owner is our core focus at Showhomes” announced Matt Kelton, Chief Operating Officer. “We are honored to have received this industry respected award for five years in a row. Communication with the Showhomes franchise community is essential and Franchise Business Review is able to help us measure our work with the franchise owners and areas where we need to improve each year.”
To compile the honorees for this year’s list, Franchise Business Review surveyed more franchise brands than ever before. “These franchisors truly understand the importance of surveying their operators. If franchisees aren’t happy, they won’t validate your system, and you won’t sell franchises-it’s really that simple” said Franchise Business Review president Michelle Rowan.
Franchise Business Review annually recognizes franchisors with the highest overall franchise satisfaction based on its survey of franchisees. The survey includes 33 benchmark questions, relating to the franchisee’s experience and satisfaction as well as market area, business lifestyle, and other demographic characteristics.
Since 1986, Showhomes has helped realtors and homeowners sell more than 26,000 homes worth more than $8 billion across the United States. Showhomes provides a turnkey package in home staging that includes whole-house furnishings, professional decorating, a live-in home manager and marketing support services. For more information please go to www.showhomes.com or contact us at 1-888-481-6742
There are many houses on the market that are currently sitting vacant all across the country. Many are foreclosures, short sales and bank owned properties, but thousands upon thousands that are owned by traditional sellers who are current on their mortgage and are trying to sell the property for one reason or another.
Many property owners are choosing to downsize in this tough resell market. Some owners are choosing to upsize, and take advantage of the favorable interest rates and lower home prices to move up into a bigger home. And there are the people who move and relocate for job, family, health, or retirement purposes. For many reasons, there are countless numbers of property owners in today’s market who own 2 houses, with one sitting vacant and listed for sale.
Vacant homes attract problems. From break ins, to vandalism, to an unkempt yard and bad landscaping, missing AC units, utility costs, broken pipes that go unfounded for a long time, and others, there are many reasons not to want a vacant house sitting for too long.
Not to mention there are certain cities across the country where vacancies are more prevalent:
But there are real options to consider for your sellers with vacant houses. Here are some viable solutions to the vacant house not selling headache faced by many:
Rent the house
You’ll need a standard lease agreement applicable in the State your property is in. Or your seller can hire an experienced real estate agent or leasing agent to help lease up the house as well. It’s important the owner has someone who is experienced in leasing (and licensed in most cases) complete the lease agreement and any other applicable documents. Owners tend to want to save money and do things themselves, only to do them the wrong way and subsequently lose money and time. Plus, if an owner doesn’t follow the landlord-tenant laws in their respective State, the owner could become the defendant in a lawsuit even when the tenant doesn’t do what he or she is supposed to.
Do a lease with option to buy
Similar to the lease agreement, a lease with option to buy includes the lease plus a separate purchase addendum. The purchase addendum gives the tenants the option to buy the house they are living in for an agreed upon price and within a certain time frame, usually running concurrent with the lease agreement. If the tenants don’t exercise their option to purchase the house prior to the end of the agreement, they can either move out, or renew the agreement with the owner.
Many people call a lease with option to buy a lease purchase, rent to own, and other misused terms. I specifically use “lease with option to buy” because I want to make it clear the tenants are still tenants, not “property owners”. If the tenant doesn’t pay, the owner would evict just as he or she would on a regular lease agreement.
Contact a staging company such as Showhomes
I’ve professionally used a company called Showhomes on many of my vacant listed properties in the Greater Kansas City area. I know Showhomes (and there are probably some other similar companies) is in many major metropolitan areas across the country. I’ve found the benefits of using a company such as Showhomes are many.
One, there is no upfront fee. Two, the vacant house gets both staged and occupied for the duration of the contract period (usually until the house sells). Three, someone else is paying for utilities and yard care. This is HUGE if your vacant house is in a winter climate! Fourth, there are no long term contracts with tenants; rather Showhomes uses home managers who are independent contractors with very short term agreements. I know from experience a well staged and well cared for house sells quicker and for more money than a vacant one! I have personally had good experiences using Showhomes.
To find out more information about Showhomes go to www.showhomes.com
(And no, I am not affiliated with Showhomes nor a paid spokesperson, just offering personal and professional experiences I’ve had)
Good luck with getting those vacant listings sold!
JJ Pawlowski, Broker / Agent
The Real Estate Investor’s Agentsm
FOX VALLEY FRANCHISE EARNS TOP HONORS
Ambassador Award, President’s Club, Circle of Excellence, Most Homes Sold
Vacant homes are hard to sell! They lack buyer appeal, languish on the market and receive low offers. Showhomes, a national home staging franchise, and their franchise partners have provided successful selling solutions for real estate professionals and homeowners in all economic market cycles for the past 27 years.
At the recent Showhomes Annual Conference, held at the beautiful Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville TN, Showhomes Fox Valley was honored with the Ambassador Award. Owners, Mike & Janine Callahan of the Fox Valley area were presented with this award for unselfishly mentoring and helping others reach their goals.
“It is wonderful for our team to be recognized for our results. Our daily rule is; treat others as we would like to be treated. It works! Being recognized for doing this really affirms the value of that creed”, Mike said.
The Callahan’s have owned Showhomes Fox Valley since 2008.
Along with the Ambassador Award, the Fox Valley team also earned these top honors:
Most Homes Sold
Circle of Excellence, for excellence in Customer Satisfaction.
President’s Club, for highest level of market penetration.
Bert Lyles, Showhomes CEO said, “We are proud of our Showhomes family and especially the Fox Valley team. They operate a quality business based on integrity with outstanding home staging design and customer focus. These awards are well deserved.”
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Since 1986, Showhomes has helped realtors and homeowners sell more than 26,000 homes worth more than $8 billion across the United States. Showhomes provides a turnkey package in home staging that includes whole-house furnishings, professional decorating, a live-in home manager and marketing support services.
If you would like more information about Showhomes Fox Valley, or to schedule an interview with Mike & Janine Callahan, please call Mike at 630/363-1301 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the current hot market, it’s easy to shake your head and think “Homes are selling like crazy! Why do I care about staging?”. Well, it’s simple. Because we all like money, we love happy sellers, and we want the referrals that gushing seller will send our way by helping them reach their goal of selling their home fast and at a premium price.
I spent many years in the auto industry before I came to real estate and design. Even when the market was hot, we never pulled the just-traded-in-used-car right up to the front line and tossed a for sale sign in the window. Why? Because we knew the best way to market it was to have it re-conditioned first– clean it up, dress it up, put some smell pretty in it and then pull it out on the front line for a premium price. It was no surprise our used car department trumped our new car department in sales, profits and happy customers.
Selling a home is no different. Price, condition and presentation are the 3 magic ingredients for a successful sale with the best buyers. Price it right, clean it up and get it staged to maximize the opportunity to get top dollar. Seller can’t afford it? Sellers can’t afford NOT to! Staging returns 176-353% ROI depending on the type of staging or re-design done. Buyers connect with beautifully presented homes, starting right from the first glimpse online (another reason to stage– you get FABULOUS interent photos)!
Fun fact: The average cost for a re-design (seller occupied makeover) is about $500. The average GAIN from that investment is just under $10,000. The average cost for vacant home staging is $2,200. The average GAIN from that investment is about $30,000. Sounds like winning the lottery, doesn’t it?
A recent seller decided it wasn’t worth the few hundred dollars to re-design and stage his home. It sold without staging. The realtor’s comment still rings in our ears. “I could have gotten him about $10,000 MORE if he would have had it staged”.
Marketing your homes without staging leaves money on the table for you and your seller. Whether the market is slow or hot, staging still brings more money to the closing table. But more than that, it’s a great tool in your marketing toolbox to build your business. After all, building your business comes from having happy sellers who will sing your praise and share their success story with friends, neighbors and family. That’s what staging brings to the table. And that’s money in the bank.
*Stats are from RESA (Real Estate Staging Association) and NAR (National Association of Realtors). Fun Facts are from Showhomes Tampa data, 2010-2012.
Linda L. Saavedra, CPRES, APSD, SPCS
Licensed Real Estate Broker
Award Winning Staging Provider
Nashville, TN (Feb 14, 2013) –) — In a major partnership at the forefront of evolving media trends, MFV Expositions has announced a partnership with Money Magazine, CNNmoney.com and Benchmark Entertainment to produce custom videos for Showhomes that will extend their franchise presence and messaging beyond the trade show floor.
Developing custom videos at the show to reach quality franchisee prospects, ERN LIVE video, FranchiseExpo.com, and Money Magazine offer video segments hosted by award-winning radio and TV host, Alan Taylor, which feature interviews, testimonials and other promotional material of the Showhomes franchise.
Filmed, produced, and edited to feature a given franchise’s concept, branding, and messaging, the three-to-five minute interview-style video will be widely distributed and heavily promoted through this new partnership. The Money Live! From the Shows videos will be featured on a custom landing page on FranchiseExpo.com, with banner ads and promotion links on CNNmoney.com, which will drive traffic to the fully-functional Showhomes lead capture page.
“We’re thrilled to partner with MFV Expositions to help build momentum for Showhomes by providing an extra push to get our desired franchise opportunity messages out to prospects,” said Matt Kelton, Chief Operating Office of Showhomes. “It gives Showhomes the chance to integrate video into our development strategies and let people have a high level overview of what makes our company special in a short 3 minute time frame.”
To see the Showhomes video on CNN Money please go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7qcTqCqJw8
Question: Is My Vacant Home Covered by Insurance?
Answer: I always warn clients that they shouldn’t wait for a vacant home to be vandalized before checking their insurance policy. A little known fact is that most homeowner insurance policies do not extend coverage on a vacant home for more than 30 days.
This means that if you’ve moved out more than 30 days ago, your home may no longer be insured, even though you may have paid the premium for your insurance policy. The verbiage is often in the fine print.
Short Sale or Foreclosure Vacant Homes and Insurance
In short sale situations, often the bank will send out a representative from a preservation company to determine whether the home is vacant. Even if you just moved down the street, these people will change the locks and notify the bank that the home is vacant. The bank may or may not take out hard-to-find and expensive insurance to insure that vacant home. They send the bill to you.
Types of Vandalism for Vacant Homes
It’s not unusual for a thug to cut off a lockbox in the middle of the night and take it home to drill out the key. Then, the thieves can return in the light of day and walk right in the front door. They back up a truck and before you can say “police,” they have loaded the truck with all of the appliances.
A thief does not need to break into a home to cause damage. A thief can swipe, for example, the existing electrical panel and A/C compressor unit fairly easily because these items are generally located on the exterior of the home, in a side yard.
Sometimes kids, just for twisted fun, will throw rocks through plate glass windows to watch the glass break.
In some situations, squatters break in and set up house. These aren’t the kind of people who bring in a table and chairs and use napkins. They typically sleep on the floor and throw empty beer bottles at the walls.
Getting Coverage to Insure a Vacant Home
Since you’re selling as a short sale, I take it you feel that a short sale is better for you than a foreclosure. Perhaps you want to protect your credit rating or make sure that no foreclosure is filed against you in the public records. You sound like a responsible person. To that extent, you may want to start with your insurance agent to find out how much a vacant home insurance policy would cost.
Those fees can vary from 2 to 5 times the amount of your regular insurance policy. Vacant home insurance can often be purchased monthly. You might wonder why a policy that covers an empty house would cost more than a policy that insures its contents but that’s because vandalism is very costly to fix.
Moreover, if your home is vandalized and the bank won’t pay for the repairs — and many banks will not — the buyer might not have enough money to buy your home — especially with an FHA loan — and also fix the damage.
Ways to Discourage Vandalism of a Vacant Home
People who do bad things like break into another person’s home tend to choose the path of least resistance. They want to break into the home that is the easiest to break into and the home that seems to invite them to rob it. Here are some ways to discourage vandalism:
- Put a sign rider on top of the For Sale sign that says “By Appointment Only” or “Do Not Disturb Occupant.”
- Have a friend of relative check on the home daily and pick up mail on the steps.
- Ask a neighbor to park a car in the driveway.
- Install security lights that are activated by motion.
- Set up a lamp on a timer to go on and off at specified times during the day.
- Use a security alarm.
At the time of writing, Elizabeth Weintraub, DRE # 00697006, is a Broker-Associate at Lyon Real Estate in Sacramento, California.