Real Estate by Debbie Reynolds: Seller Showing Prep Tips to Reduce Risk

Seller Showing Prep Tips to Reduce Risk

Make Your Home Safe for Home Buyers to See

When selling put all valuables and harmful items awayWhen selling a Clarksville TN home, it is important to prepare for showings and think a little deeper than just a pretty presentation. Though staging can handle much of the preparation, there are things to do to insure your safety and reduce the risk of any injury by potential buyers. 

  • When Selling Put All Valuables Securely Away- It isn't good enough to tuck into a drawer. Lock them away or take to a safety deposit box.
  • Medicine and Prescriptions Should Be Not Be Left in the Home During Showings- Not only might a child get into these and harm themselves, some buyers yield to the temptation of hijacking prescription drugs to resell or take themselves. It is easy to slip a few pills into a pocket.
  • Guns, Ammo, Knives and Fireworks- Enough saidabout these. You know these have to be locked away.
  • Remove Names of Children from Walls, Photos and Identifying Plaques and Mail. For one thing, nobody needs to see these in the marketing photos and the buyers don't need to know that much about you or your family.
  • Harmful Chemicals, Strong Cleaning Products or Any Other Dangerous Products Should Be Put Away and Be Off Limits. Remember that not all buyers monitor their children and you don't want them ingesting or getting into any of these that may harm them.
  • Remove Loose Rugs or Tripping Hazards. It is easy to catch a heel or stumble and you do not need a lawsuit for injury.
  • Clear the Pathway. Not only up the walkway but inside the house and garage, too. 
  • Rare and Valuable Decor Items Should Be Wrapped and Stored to Protect Them. These may be irreplaceable and you sure don't want to see something important to you get broken or damaged.

Why not take a little more prep time and stay on the safe side?

There have been reported cases across the country of prescriptions disappearing after a showing. Though it hasn't happened to me, it could.

Make Your Home Safe for Buyers to See.

10 homeselling tips for your Clarksville TN home


Stay safe and don't borrow trouble. Make you home show better without these distractions and potential problem causers.


To get more information about selling or if you are a Clarksville TN home owner thinking about selling them I want to be your agent.

Give The Real Debbie Reynolds a call at 931-320-6730.


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Comment balloon 28 commentsDebbie Reynolds • April 06 2018 03:08AM


So many people want to store the de-clutter items in the garage but, I tell sellers that the buyers REALLY want to see the garage too. So, remove it from the property...they're always glad they did too!

Great post, Debbie - definitely feature-worthy, Carol Williams!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods ( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 10 months ago

Those are excellent tips, Debe.  And, they are tips not often thought about or seen.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 10 months ago

Thanks for the great tips, Debbie.  All sellers should be made aware of these and hopefully get prepared for safe showings.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) 10 months ago

Great tips for the Seller to read and follow. Thanks for sharing the tips. I hope you enjoy the weekend.

Posted by Pat Champion, Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs (Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty) 10 months ago

Sad we have to be concerned about these issues, but as you illustrate, better safe than sorry!  Good one again, Debbie. D 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) 10 months ago

This is excellent advice to share with home sellers. I will schedule a June reblog.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 10 months ago

Great advice for sellers. You never know what can walk away if you are not careful.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) 10 months ago

Thank you for sharing this useful tips. 

Posted by Golden1 Agents 10 months ago

Good morning Debbie Reynolds,

I'm so glad that Carol Williams featured your post in her Second Chance Saturday series! I missed it and this is an excellent post for all sellers to read!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) 9 months ago

Great tips Debbie Reynolds I missed this post so glad Carol Williams Featured this in SCS

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) 9 months ago

Hi Debbie

These are great tips for sellers on things that should be addressed before you go live on the market. I am amazed at some of the things I see being left out that could so easily compromise someone's identity. This would make a great checkist to share with sellers, if it's not already used that way.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) 9 months ago

Amen to this one!  Every agent should be telling their clients this information. 

Posted by Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA, (Keller Williams Capital Properties) 9 months ago

The valuables!  I have seen everything on your list.  And the toxic chemicals.  I sold a lakefront house, the garage was filled with boat fuel, boat oil, other flammables.

Posted by Fred Griffin presently on Leave of Absence, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate) 9 months ago

All of these will work in my experience if you really put a good effort into them, really with no real exceptions here.

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) 9 months ago

Fred, I’ve seen it too and it’s really nothing new and has been going on for a while now in the industry from my point of view Fred Griffin

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) 9 months ago

These are good tips! I actually hadn't thought about the medicine issue. Good point.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, 9 months ago

Hello Debbie.  This "warning" cannot be repeated often enough.

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 9 months ago

I've previewed two properties within the last two weeks where jewelry was displayed in plain view. It's simply too tempting to leave these items out, whether they are cosmetic or the real deal. I am also in the habit of advising sellers to put their prescription drugs out of sight. Thank you for preparing this checklist for sellers to safeguard their home.

Posted by Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell (Front Gate Real Estate) 9 months ago

Hi Debbie- it cannot be repeated too many times...sellers need to remember that they don't know the people who will be coming into their home. It is so much better to remove all of these things that you mentioned. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 9 months ago

Thanks, Debbie Reynolds. While it does seem like common sense, so many sellers can definitely use a reminder as they are a lot more comfortable with some of these things than their potential buyers will be.


Posted by Bruce Kunz, REALTOR®, Brick & Howell NJ Homes for Sale (C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100) 9 months ago

Great tips list, Debbie!  Thanks for sharing it!   I manage rental property also and use a list very similar to yours to remind our current tenants to securely store these items prior to our bringing prospective renters in to view the home.   You can never be too careful in this day and age!

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Preparation is sooooo important....and it makes such a difference in the end result. Some agents fear making suggestions....and it shows !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) 9 months ago

Awesome, fabulous, great, super, honest, succinct...gosh, where's my thesaurus?

Posted by Anne Corbin, Serving Lake Anna & Central Virginia (Long and Foster - Lake Anna) 9 months ago

Debbie, these are great points for sellers to follow.

We had a situation in our area at an Open House. Some folks came in and looked through the home and left.

When the sellers returned they noticed some valuable artwork was missing.

The thieves had not walked out with them, that had opened a window and set them outside the home. Then carried them away.

Removing valuables is so important.

Great tips.

Posted by John Wiley, Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA (Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty) 9 months ago

Thank you for reminding sellers of these important tips.

Posted by Michelle Carr-Crowe Just Call 408-252-8900 Top 1%!, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years (Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty) 9 months ago

Remove the valuables yourselves before the thieves do.

Posted by Michelle Carr-Crowe Just Call 408-252-8900 Top 1%!, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years (Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty) 9 months ago

Great tips! Sometimes in all the hustle and bustle buyers forget to put up their valuables and then wonder why they can't find their antique or heirloom something or other. Thank you for sharing!

Posted by Corey Martin, Real Estate and Management Solutions (Martin Presence Group) 9 months ago