Showing your home
recommended that your home be ready to show at all times. Some
sellers are able to keep their homes in show condition at all times
while others need at least twenty-four hours to prepare for a
We realize that you are still living in your home and will need time
to tidy up a bit before each showing. You'll be given as much notice
as you require before allowing a prospective buyer to visit your
How agents show your home
Agents who wish to show your home will call us to schedule an
appointment. We will then contact you to arrange a time that is
suitable for both you and the prospect. You'll need to be flexible.
The more difficult you make it for agents to schedule visits, the
less likely they will show your property. Many buyers can't look at
your home until after work in the evenings, so try to be patient and
You won't need to stay home to answer the door. Agents have a keypad
that opens a lock
box attached to your door or other convenient
location. When a code is entered, a house key is ejected from the
box. The lock box allows easy access for the Realtors and will
result in a higher volume of showings.
Agents will not show you home without notice
This should never happen. An agent wishing to show your home will
call us to schedule an appointment. It is possible that an agent may
stop at your home while showing other homes
in the area. Ask for his
card and contact us immediately.
a stranger asks to see your home
We recommend that you not show your home to a prospect who stops by
a real estate agent. Ask for the prospect's name
and phone number and give us a call. We'll talk
to the prospect so
you don't waste time showing your home to someone who is not
qualified to purchase it.
How to "stage" your home just prior to a showing
Turn on all the lights
Even during the day. You want to
display a bright, well lit home not a dull, gray
home full of dark
Also, the prospective buyer will be unfamiliar
with your home and may not be able to find the switches
or strings that turn on the lights.
|Open the drapes
You want sunshine and daylight to help sell your home.
Close them in the
off the television
...and the radio, and stereo. You don't want buyers
distracted from looking at your home or offended by
your choice of entertainment. Soft, easy
listening music is alright.
If you have a fireplace
You donít need to build a fire in the fireplace, just
make sure itís clean.
Pets should be contained or taken somewhere else during
a showing. Some people are allergic to,
or afraid of animals.
Put away the dinner dishes and pick up newspapers and
the children's toys.
Clean-up the kitchen and bathrooms
Buyers take a hard
look at these areas and make quick decisions base on
what they see.
Make the beds
Can buyers be that
fussy? No, but unmade beds make buyers feel as if
they're intruding on someone's privacy so they won't
take a good look at the room. When they leave they will
not remember anything positive about the bedroom.
The home needs to smell fresh and clean
Fresh air, flowers,
potpourri, candles or freshly baked bread is a great way
to give your home an inviting aroma. Do not use
heavily scented deodorants or mix scents. This will give
both smell too pungent and give the impression you're
covering something up.
Don't smoke in the house
The number of smokers is declining rapidly. Buyers
who donít smoke will have a negative reaction as soon as
they sense the smell of stall tobacco smoke.
Avoid cooking with heavy spices
The Buyer hasn't been
invited to diner so that's why he' there.
Garlic, cabbage, onions or pungent spices that smell
throughout the home
may be in conflict
with the Buyer's diet and leave him with a negative
feeling about the home.
|Leave the home while it is
The presence of the owner will make buyers
uneasy. They'll also feel that they
inconveniencing you and will hurry through your home. If
you must remain in the home, stay out of their way by
moving to an area that has already been visited.
prospective buyer and the agent are unfamiliar with your
Be sure to correct any unsafe condition.
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