Showing Your House
Showing Your House
This is a time where you will need to be very flexible. You want to make sure that your house is available to be shown at a time when potential buyers can view it. Many times this means that your home may be shown when you are at home.
A lock box will make it easy for other agents to show your home to potential buyers. Agents will call and give you notice, usually a few hours, before they show your property. If you do not use a lock box and agents have to call and schedule appointments for you to allow them in, they are more likely to “avoid” showing your house, in order to avoid any “inconvenience” to their clients.
Make Sure You Are Out
It will be easier for potential buyers to comfortably view your house if you are not there. If you are home, they potential buyer will most likely rush through your house, in order to “get out of your hair”. This will prevent your home from standing out to them, when it comes time to make their decision on a home. Most showings last between 30 – 45 minutes. This gives you enough time to go grab a few groceries, rent a movie or take your kids to the park for a little fun.
Keep the House Tidy
Be sure to make up beds, pick up the laundry, and place empty food containers in the dishwasher before you leave. By keeping everything freshly dusted and vacuumed you will help to create a more comfortable environment, which will appeal to potential buyers. Make sure that you take out the trash regularly, even if you have to buy an extra box of trash bags, it will be worth it in the end.
Keep Your pets Safe
If you have pets, make sure your listing agent puts a notice of such in the multiple listing service. Try to keep indoor cats in a specific room, or a kennel which is comfortable to them, yet secure and out of the way. It is best to keep dogs in a fenced off area in the back yard, or in a kennel which is comfortable to them, yet secure and out of the way. Be sure to keep the litter box fresh, and the yard debris removed.