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Listing your home and survive the showings

Wednesday, October 23, 2019   /   by Pamela Glende

Listing your home and survive the showings

In today’s Spokane Real Estate market homes are still selling quickly. Of course, a home needs to be priced at market value. If it is priced too high it will sit on the market but the homes that are priced right sell.

Selling a home on the market can be stressful but there are ways to make it less stressful. When listing a home ask your agent for advice that will help you to have the best outcome for you and your family.

I’m a Spokane Realtor and when working with sellers I ask what days and times work best for them. Perhaps there are certain times that you are at work and that’s the best time.  Maybe there are certain days that work better than other days.

If you have small children, they may take naps so maybe after lunch doesn’t work. We can put down a schedule so other agents know ahead of time that noon to 3:00 for example there will be no showings. We can also say no showings after 7:00 in the evening.  Perhaps Sunday is a family day and you don’t want to have people in your home on Sunday. These are just an example, but I think you see my point. If someone is truly interested in your home, they will accommodate to your schedule.

Keeping your home show ready is also stressful. I think your home needs to be in great condition for the photography, but afterwards you don’t have to keep it spotless. It needs to be picked up and tidy but not to the extent that you can’t feel comfortable living in your home. Most people realize that you are living there and expect an occupied home to look lived in.

Sometimes if a house is so clean and perfect it will feel a bit cold and not inviting.  

You can keep a couple of tubs say in the laundry room and if you get an unexpected call for a showing you can fill the tubs with things that are out of place. Put the tubs in your car as you leave the home. After the showing you can put the items away.

You should make sure your agent puts in the agent notes that the home is shown by appointment only. You can even have them put something like a “2 hour notice is required to show”.

Again, if your home is priced right you shouldn’t have to deal with showings very long in today’s Spokane Washington’s seller’s market.

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