Sunday, November 17, 2019 / by Amber Tice
You can bet in this market the home that you just listed will be a hot topic, meaning you will have a ton of strangers coming and going on a regular basis until your home sells. Yikes! That can be overwhelming, especially if you have pets, or children that are on a schedule.
So how do survive this influx of strangers walking through your home?
Have A Showing Schedule Set: It’s very important to try and not limit the days and times that potential buyers are able to walk through your home, but you can set a schedule with your agent to ensure you don’t have showings scheduled during the times you need to be home. For example: Have your agent set a showing schedule between the hours of 9am-6pm if you work, and won’t be home anyway. Or, set a showing schedule of 9am-3pm and 5pm-7pm if you have a little one napping in the middle of the afternoon.
Agents Can Make Showing Appointments With You: If you prefer to have more control over who is entering your home and when, request that you be the showing contact for buyer’s agents to reach out to. This will ensure you are setting every appointment every time, giving you the control you need in order to stay sane during the selling process.
Lockbox Notifications: The lockbox that is attached to your door is pretty nifty. Your agent can set this box to send you and him/her notifications letting you know when agents are entering the property, and then sending you another notification letting you know when they have left. This feature should also be giving you peace of mind.
No One Should Be Entering Your Home Without An Agent: It should also give you peace of mind to know that absolutely no one should be entering your home without an agent. On occasion, an agent will make an appointment to see the property themselves in order to get a better idea of what is for sale in your area, or an agent might request a video showing for an out-of-town buyer. Other than that, buyers should always be accompanied by an agent who knows showing etiquette.
Leave Instructions For Buyers And Their Agents: If you are worried about buyers leaving tracks on your carpet, or if you think they might miss an interesting fact about your home leave them a little note. It is totally appropriate to leave booties and a small sign asking agents and their clients to take off their shoes, or to wear booties. You may also want to leave an outline of the features of your home on the counter so that buyers don’t miss anything as they walk through.
Don’t Be Home During Showings: This may be tough for you, but it is important to remember that potential buyers need space in order to talk freely amongst themselves. People need to feel comfortable giving their opinions regarding your home, and they may not feel that way if you are there trying to help. All the information regarding your property will be listed on the MLS, and if it’s not the buyer’s agent will be able to call your listing agent to get more information if the buyer has questions.
Those are just some of the ways to stay sane during showings. If you have any questions about this topic please feel free to reach out.
Happy House Selling!