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5 Tips to Prevent Theft When Moving

by Rose Price

5 Tips to Prevent Theft When Moving

  1. Protect the contents of the medicine cabinet . Medicine is stolen more often than anything else. Hard narcotics and prescription drugs will sell for big money on the street, protect them by packing discreetly. Did you know that pain pills like, Codeine, Morphene or Vicadin can sell for as much as five dollars on the street and expensive perfume is impossible to trace?
  2. Inventory your sports equipment. Equipment like, surfboards, climbing gear, kayaks, quality bikes, snowboards, skiis,skates and more, are sometimes stolen by neighborhood kids as well as thieves as you prepare to move. So if you can, move your sports equipment yourself.
  3. Secure your financial information. Pack and transport bank statements,  investment info, social security numbers, bills and anything that has your personal information. Did you know that your date of birth, social security number and one credit card statement can be combined and easily be sold on the black market for as much as $1,000.00 dollars. Identity thieves are almost impossible to catch. Even more frustrating is the fact that you'll spend countless hours trying to correct your credit agency profiles. So contact your banks and credit card companies and the post office to give them your new address and instruct them to verify all credit requests by phone.
  4. Protect your fine china, crystal and sterling silver. Believe it or not, these items sometimes disappear and aren't there upon your arrival. Even expensive bowls get removed from moving boxes. Sometimes it takes weeks before you even realize they're gone.
  5. Inventory and be certain about  your jewelry. Gold, silver, and precious stones can easily be pawned or sold for big  money. Thieves can quickly slip items like these into a pocket on moving day. I advise you to put these items in the same box with your medicine cabinet contents; and put them in your carry on bag or a personal bag that's always with you. 

I hope these moving tips help you. Have a powerful day!

Keep Your Home Smelling Fresh for Prospective Buyers

by Rose Price

Walking into a home on the market, one of the first things a prospective buyer will notice is what they smell. While our sense of smell isn't as good as a dogs, people will smell the odor of dogs, cats or other pets. Even if they love animals, pet odor can turn off a buyer before the charms of the rest of the house can even be seen. Some experts advise moving your pets somewhere else while you have your home on the market, but that's not always a realistic solution.

So before you see a potential buyer crinkle their noses when they walk in your door, you'll need to address any lingering smells in the air.

Clean your home thoroughly. Focus heavily on odor traps like fabrics, upholstery and carpet. Professional ozone-based carpet cleaning can do miracles.

Cats? Make sure litter-boxes are scrupulously clean at all times.

Your pets aren't to blame here, but avoid strong cooking odors. You might love stinky cheese, but that smell won't be pleasing to strangers.

Avoid using air fresheners and heavily scented cleaning products, candles or incense. Some people can have an allergic reaction to them, and others will assume you're using them to cover up something bad.

Let your home air out naturally. When temperatures outside cooperate, open the windows for a while. The scent of the outdoors around your home will help ground it when people walk in the door.

It can be hard sometimes to notice an odor you live with, so ask a friend to walk through and do a sniff test. Better a friend than a prospective buyer!

Rose Price, CIPS, CRP
Prudential Landmark Real Estate
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Managing the Little Fix-ups

by Rose Price

Before you put your house on the market, you have to address a variety of issues. Not the least of which is making the house look fantastic. So as you survey your home, you'll start to see little problems that have to be dealt with. For example, damage to drywall where you have hung artwork or secured tall furniture pieces.

And that's what I want to talk about with you. If you've got something larger than small holes, you'll probably need some professional help. It's pretty remarkable what a contractor can do to make repairs. But, if you've just got some small holes, you can save yourself some money by doing it yourself. It's not going to take long, but we need to get some tools. You’ll need to have spackle, a putty knife, a sanding block, primer, paint and a paint brush. I’ll wait while you go get them.

Fill – Okay, we’re going to use the spackling paste to fill the hole itself. Spackle is just a putty made of plaster and glue. Fill the hole and then use the putty knife to scrape off any spackle sticking up out of the hole.

Sand – A tiny hole won’t need much, if any, sanding. But, if you can You’re going to want to use a sanding block or even a dry wall sanding screen to make sure the result is perfectly flat. Just using sandpaper by hand won’t cut it.

Paint – Again, with a small enough hole, you don’t really need to prime, but it’s not a bad idea. Then you’re going to want to find the paint that was used to cover the wall you’re working on. Usually, when an interior is painted, the contractor will leave a can of the color they used in a storeroom or garage.

If you can’t find the right paint, you’re best bet is to repaint the entire wall: Any odd color patches are going to really stand out when the room is empty of furniture. And, if the hole is a bit bigger, you can find self-adhesive patching kits that include a metal mesh and come in a variety of sizes. You’ll still need to sand, prime and paint.

If your walls are bare, you can tackle this chore quickly. And a lot less expensively than a contractor will do it!

Rose Price, CIPS, CRP
Prudential Landmark Real Estate
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