In a contribution piece for the Toronto Sun, TREB president Larry Cerqua highlighted the central role that agents play in keeping their clients’ properties safe.
Agents should remind clients to “take extra caution to be safe and it’s advisable to secure or lock away valuables,” especially delicate items such as prescription medication, extra keys, and financial/identification documents.
“It might also be a good plan to remove any family photos,” Cerqua wrote.
In addition, clients should keep their communication lines open in case agents need to field any questions from interested would-be buyers.
Most importantly, agents should actively participate in making their clients’ homes as neat and presentable as possible.
“Keeping both inside and out clean and clutter free will help make the property look as spacious and inviting as possible. For example, you might remove some clothing from your closets, so buyers can envision hanging their latest purchase, or wash your windows and plant some flowers for added curbside appeal. Also, walk around the property to ensure there are no potential injury hazards,” Cerqua suggested.
Summer is one of the most popular seasons for open house events, and the head of the Toronto Real Estate Board offered his take on what advice real estate agents can give to their clients.