I was showing homes in an upscale Waterloo, Ontario neighbourhood recently; upon opening the front door, we were greeted with this sign (right).
Turns out that this particular house was on the market for more than a month. Coincidence? I think not!
I posted this photo on the CENTURY 21 Canada's community on Yammer, and that opened up a broad discussion of "toys" that shouldn't be played with, culled from years of experience by my fellow realtors showing homes.
For example, a story was shared about a client who had a very expensive stereo system and during a showing, a real estate sales representative placed a hand lightly on the speaker. He got a call about an hour later from the homeowner, wild that someone had touched his high-end electronic toy. (Obviously he didn't have kids!)
Another realtor colleague told me that during an Open House, a young child of prospective buyers walked out of the master bedroom with a "toy" that was on the nightstand.
Lesson Learned: When you're trying to sell your home, tuck away all your valuables and "sensitive" items if you are really concerned about security and privacy.