Showing the House to Potential Home Buyers
Convenience and Availability
house should always be available for show, even though it may
occasionally be inconvenient for you. Let your listing agent put a lock
box in a convenient place, to make it easy for other agents to show your
home to homebuyers. Otherwise, agents will have to schedule
appointments, which is an inconvenience. Most will just skip your home
to show the house of someone else who is more cooperative.
agents will call and give you at least a couple of hours notice before
showing your property. If you refuse to let them show it at that time,
they will just skip your house. Even if they come back another time, it
will probably be with different buyers and you may have just lost a
chance to sell your home.
Why You Should Not Be Home
will feel like intruders if you are home when they visit, and they
might not be as receptive toward viewing your home. Visit the local
coffee house, yogurt shop, or take the kids to the local park. If you
absolutely cannot leave, try to remain in an out of they way area of the
house and do not move from room to room. Do not volunteer any
information, but answer any questions the agent may ask.
Lighting, Fragrances, Pet Control and More
When you know someone is coming by to tour your home, turn on all the
indoor and outdoor lights - even during the day. At night, a lit house
gives a "homey" impression when viewed from the street. During the
daytime, turning on the lights prevents harsh shadows from sunlight and
it brightens up any dim areas. Your house looks more homey and cheerful
with the lights on.
not use scented sprays to prepare for visitors. It is too obvious and
many people find the smells of those sprays offensive, not to mention
that some may be allergic. If you want to have a pleasant aroma in your
house, have a potpourri pot or something natural. Or turn on a stove
burner for a moment and put a drop of vanilla extract on it. It will
smell like you have been cooking.
you have pets, make sure your listing agent puts a notice with your
listing in the multiple listing service. The last thing you want is to
have your pet 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 your
while the homebuyers tour your home. If you cannot do that, It is best
to keep dogs in a penned area in the back yard. Try to keep indoor cats
in a specific room when you expect visitors, and put a sign on the door.
Most of the time, an indoor cat will hide when buyers come to view your
property, but they may panic and try to escape.
The Kitchen Trash
if your kitchen trash can does not have a lid, make sure you empty it
every time someone comes to look at your home – even if your trash can
is kept under the kitchen sink. Remember that you want to send a
positive image about every aspect of your home. Kitchen trash does not
send a positive message. You may go through more plastic bags than
usual, but it will be worth it.
Keeping the House Tidy and Neat
everyone makes his or her bed every day, but when selling a home it is
recommended that you develop the habit. Pick up papers, do not leave
empty glasses in the family room, keep everything freshly dusted and
vacuumed. Try your best to have it look like a model home - a home with
furniture but nobody really lives there.