Showings – Being Prepared for Showing your House

Although at times inconvenient, your House should always be available for showings. Let your agent put a lock box in a convenient place to make it easy to show to homebuyers. Making it more convenient for buyers and buyer’s agents is best, otherwise many might skip your house to show someone else who is more cooperative.

Most offices will call and give at least a few hours’ notice before showing your house. If you refuse to let an agent show at that time, they will likely skip your house. Even if they come back another time, likely it will be with different buyers.

Home lighting

Turn on All the indoor and outdoor lights, even in the day. At night, a lit house gives a great impression when viewed from the street. During the daytime, turning on all the lights prevents harsh shadows from sunlight and it brightens up low lit areas. Your house looks more welcoming with the lights on.

Don’t Be Home When Showing

Potential home buyers will feel like intruders if you are home when they visit, and might not be as enthusiastic about viewing you home. Go out for a walk or ride, to give buyers a chance to see the home without interruptions. If you just cannot leave, try to remain in out of the way as much as possible. Please do not volunteer information, but you can answer any questions an agent may ask.

Scents and Fragrances

Do not use scented sprays just before visitors arrive. If you want to have a pleasant aroma in the house, have a potpourri pot or something natural. Or try a stove burner (or the oven) for a moment and put a drop of vanilla extract on it. It will smell like you have been cooking.

Keep a Clean House

Make up beds daily, pick up papers, clothes and trash, and do not leave empty glasses around the home, keep everything as freshly dusted and vacuumed as possible. Try your best to have it look like a cleanly staged home.

Your Pets

If you have pets in the house, make sure your agent puts a notice on your listing about pets. You may not want your pets running out the front door and getting lost. If you know someone is coming, it would be best to try to take the pets with you while the homebuyer tours your home. If you cannot do that, It is best to keep dogs in a penned area in the back yard. If possible, keep indoor cats in a specific room and put a sign on the door.

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