Mission Viejo Home Sellers – Protect Your Presents

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Mission Viejo Home Sellers – Protect Your Presents

Protect Your Presents When Selling Your Mission Viejo House

It’s that time of year.  You’ve got gifts going from one family member to another; gifts coming in from friends, bosses, co-workers, and business partners; and gifts getting ready to go out to loved ones far away.   At the same time you’re selling your Mission Viejo house.  Protect your gifts.  Going out or coming in, protect your gifts. 

Remember the immediate identification you made of a vinyl record album – 33 or 45 –  in its original packaging?  No amount of wrapping or ribbon-ing could disguise the fact that the gift was a vinyl record album.  Same for an 8 track tape, an engagement ring, and a LifeSavers book of sweets with all the rolls of hard candy with the holes in the middle – the present I always took to the gift exchange in elementary school.

These days, most gifts are a little bit better disguised.  Tablets, iPhones, eReaders, and gaming controllers come in packaging that is more ubiquitous and less prone to instant identification.  Ditto for flat screen TVs, laptop computers, and American Girl dolls.

Regardless of the packaging or the contents, if you have your house listed for sale AND you have presents present, be proactive about protecting your presents.  Here are the top three tips for protecting your presents this year.

  1. Put the bottles of adult beverages with the shiny bows or festive sack wrappers in a cabinet that is out of sight and inaccessible to people coming to look at your house.  These are on the current list of immediately identifiable gifts.  The chance you take by leaving these on your bar counter, kitchen counter or right in front of the Christmas tree, is that one of the people viewing you home, wrapped up in their winter’s warmest coat, may deposit your adult beverage gift in their pocket and whisk it away.
  2. Put only the HUGEST presents under your tree between now and the big day.  The presents that no one could accidentally put in their coat pocket or purse without being spotted.  And the HEAVIEST ones, too.  The flat screen TVs are safe to leave out.  As are elliptical exercise machines and new golf bags full of new golf clubs.  And trampolines. And the car in the driveway.  Protect all your other presents when selling your Mission Viejo house this year.
  3. Continue to protect your pills, pistols, iPods, and pearls.  Viagra, revolvers, small electronics and jewelry are a target any time of year, but even more care to protect them needs to be taken now. Your house is not a retail store and no one should be able to see or touch your valuable and necessary possessions. Put them out of sight and make them inaccessible the potential buyers coming to look at your house.

Hope your Chanukah was fabulous, your Christmas is magical, your Kwanza is amazing and your Festivus for the Rest of Us is especially festive.  Just protect your presents now that you’re selling your Mission Viejo house.

I’m Leslie Eskildsen.  Just keeping it real in Mission Viejo real estate


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