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Protect Your Home While It’s On The Market

Ready to sell your home? Besides dusting every nook and cranny and pulling weeds from the garden, don’t forget to protect yourself and your home when it’s on the market! Here’s a few ways on how to protect your home while it’s on the market so that you can feel more at ease.

Hide the Valuables

Don’t keep high-end valuables visible in your home while it’s on the market, including jewelry, collectibles and other items that are easy to steal. Keep a safe in the home with the valuables locked up, or secure a safe deposit box at your local bank to keep them in while your home is for sale. Another thing to hide? Your social security number, bank information, blank checks, prescription medications, and anything else that someone is able to snatch while undetected.

Inform Your Neighbors
Had an open house or buyer showing? If you’re not returning home directly after, inform the neighbors to check to be sure the doors were locked in the home. This will keep your home safe from unwanted visitors who know your home is for sale.

Accidental Property Damage
Potential buyers want to know the ins and outs of your home. Many will want to test the appliances and facets for functionality. Will they remember to turn off the gas burners and the bathroom sink? Avoid property damage that’s caused by fires, water damage and other threats by asking your realtor to communicate these concerns to the selling agent. The selling agent can double check to be sure everything is OFF before leaving the property.

Gun Safety and Dog Bites
You might think your gun is well concealed in your bedroom closet or nightstand, but potential buyers will poke around to get an idea of storage space. If you keep a gun in your home, make sure it is unloaded, locked in a gun box and completely out of sight. It will prevent accidental injuries and theft. And if you’re a dog owner? It’s best to remove the dogs from the premises. It will make your home more appealing to non-animal lover and eliminates the threat of dog bites. If you can’t remove your pets from the home, secure a crate that can be placed indoors or out, so that the animal is safely contained during the showings.

Slips, Trips, Falls
If someone gets hurt on your property, they may hold you liable and sue. Since potential buyers aren’t familiar with your home, make sure to prevent inquiries and lawsuits with preventative measures such as; repairing loose and uneven flooring (check porches and decks), remove ice and snow from the walkways and steps, secure rugs with non-slip padding, keep hallways and stairwells clear of clutter, and make sure your home is well lit (both inside and out).

Got any other tips and tricks we should know about? Leave them in the comments section below!

Your Local San Diego Real Estate Expert,
Stephen Nissou – Nissou Realty Group

Keller Williams Realty
Office 619-873-2772

Cell 619-250-4541


Things To Buy After A Home

Congratulations! You just purchased a new home! The biggest hurdle is now over. What’s next?

Keys and Locks – The first thing you need to do after buying a new home is changing all your door locks, or re-key the home. If the previous sellers gave sets of keys to family, friends, neighbors, etc. then chances are that you need to re-key the house. This is solely for your own protection. Check out your local hardware store to re-key. You can buy all new locks, but sometimes it gets to be a little expensive.

Lawnmower – Unless you plan to hire a gardener you will definitely need to buy a lawnmower. Many homes in California have no lawns, and the back yards are dirt, so this doesn’t always apply.

Garden Supplies – Like I previously stated, California back yards are primarily dirt. Consider purchasing plants and trees to fill. Every home needs a garden hose.

Tools and Repair Items – Every house needs a well-stocked tool box. Hammers, screw drivers, pliers, wrenches, nails, and tape measures are just a few of the essentials every house needs.  If you’re looking to do some remodeling, don’t forget paint brushes, paint scrapers, mixing paint containers, rollers, drop clothes, and sandpaper.

Outdoor Entertaining – Lawn chairs, umbrellas, patio furniture and a BBQ grill are just a few things you need to entertain family and friends.

Window Coverings – Blinds, drapes, Roman shades, scarves, toppers, and shutters/ sheers are just a few ideas for window coverings. IF you’re low on budget, try self-adhesive paper blinds with clips.

Appliances – Depending on how much you want to spend, look into having a refrigerator, washer and dryer, and cooktop/range. Consider buying used appliances if you’re on a strict budget.

Linens, Towels, and Floor Coverings – Try Bed, Bath, and Beyond or Linen-n-Things!

If you’re not quite sure the color scheme you’re going for, or need some help with designing your home, look into hiring a personal Interior Designer to work with you.  Try Living Solutions Interior Design for help!


YourLocal San Diego Real Estate Expert,

Stephen Nissou


Featured Listing – Spring Valley 91978

Located on Dictionary Hill, the views from this property are spectacular.  The property has been divided into four separate living areas perfect for extended families or roommates living under one roof.  The main kitchen boasts granite counter tops and beautiful cabinets.  Entertain on the third story deck or relax on one of the shaded patios.  This wonderful house is ready to be your home and all while being located near the top of Dictionary Hill.
Learn more about this property and see more photos by visiting our site. Simply copy and paste the link below into your address bar:

1650 La Presa Ave
To speak with us directly about this home or schedule a showing, call 619-250-4541

Listing Courtesy of Keller Williams Realty

Your Local San Diego Real Estate Expert,


St. Patricks Day Events in San Diego

happystpatricksdayleprechaunwithpotofgoldballoon.jpgSaint Patricks day is right around the corner! Looking to celebrate the day like a true Irish? Here’s what’s going on in San Diego this weekend for St. Patricks day!

shamROCK Gaslamp Block Party – March 15th, 2014
Venue: Gaslamp Quarter: Main Enterance is at 5th Avenue and G Street
Price- $30-$85

St. Patricks Day Parade & Festival – March 15th, 2014
Venue: 5th & 6th Avenue, between Juniper & Upas
Parade starts at 10:30 am. Price is FREE.

Irish 4 a Day – St. Paddy’s Eve Party Hop – March 15th, 2014
Venue: McFadden’s San Diego (will call)
Price in advance: $29, Day of – $40

St. Patrick’s Day Half Marathon, 5k Run/Walk and Green Mile – Sunday, March 16th, 2014
Venue: El Cajon, CA
Half Marathon Starts at 8am, 5K starts at 8:15am, Green Mile starts at 8:20am

And once you’re done partying it up, hit up the NEW Nicky Rottens Burger Joint & Sports Bar at their new location at 3773 Willow Glen Drive, El Cajon CA 92019. Opening March 17th, 2014.

 Your Local Real Estate Expert,