Marianne & I always encourage our home owner/sellers to pack up valuables (i.e. collectibles, breakable items & heirlooms, etc.) prior to listing the property. Your every day valuables like jewelry & even medication should be put in a safe or taken with you when you leave the home for showings. Please, if you're a gun owner, store them in secure gun cabinet or remove them from the property during the listing period.
Also, keep in mind that when licensed realtors are showing your home to their clients they are responsible for them - we take our jobs very seriously when showing other people's homes and make sure to leave them in the same condition in which we found them. Make sure your listing agent has reviewed the criteria for showing your property with you and has signs posted throughout your home to alert agents to special instructions like "please remove shoes - carpets freshly cleaned". A lot of issues can be cleared up with communication to your agent and placing strategic notes around the property..."Please make sure door is locked & all lights are off".
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