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Misty Cooper, REALTOR®
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To have or not to have?  That is the question. The following is just my opinion.  An Open House is great because it brings traffic into your home.  However, the not so great thing is that the traffic in your home consists of strangers that are allowed to be in your home.  Unfortunately, not all strangers at an Open House have good intentions. Also unfortunate, is that this is just a reality of the world we live in.

There are steps that a homeowner can take to make their open house successful. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, put away in a secure location, remove from the home and/or don't leave out the following items:

  1. Mail
  2. Checkbooks
  3. Credit cards and credit card statements
  4. Prescription medicine
  5. Jewelry
  6. Items of personal or sentimental value 

I know it sounds obvious, but for a thief who is looking for jewelry, a jewelry box is a great place to look. For the person looking to get a drug fix, your medicine cabinet, kitchen cabinet, or linen closet is an awesome place to look. 

My suggestions are to pack your prescription medicine in a Zip Loc baggy and take them with you for the Open House.  If you own a bank safe deposit box, this is a great place to store your mail, credit cards, important documents, and jewelry.

Help your agent help you, make your Open House a success.  It's a team effort.