So Your Home is on the Market. Now What?
Help us merchandise your home. Take a quick tour of your own property with “a buyer’s eyes.” Start out in front at the curb and work yourself all the way through. Take a big whiff. Smell anything? Just like any other showroom, your home needs to appear in “near perfect” condition everyday.
Warning: Serious buyers almost always have a Realtor in tow. If they don’t have a Realtor, call us immediately to schedule a personal tour for them. This is a real security concern and we want you to be safe.
How will I know the home will be shown? If you occupy your home, Realtors will contact you directly to let you know they plan to show the home on “THIS” day around “THIS” time. Sometimes the message might say a time range (example: 1-2pm). This might be because they are looking at multiple homes and it can be hard to pinpoint an exact time. Just do your best to vacate the home for the showing.
Just to prepare you… There may be a few occasions where you come home and the lights might be left on. Also, when buyers have been touring for a couple hours, occasionally someone might use your bathroom. It’s not encouraged, but know that it does happen sometimes. Even more rare, a door might not be locked. We apologize for this and please know that Realtors do their best to lock all doors before leaving.
If a Broker comes to show your home, please ask them to use the keybox, even if you are there.
1. It proves they are a true licensed Broker, so you are not just opening your home up to someone and then leaving them alone in your home.
2. We receive an email notification every time the keybox is opened. It shows the date, time, and Broker's contact information. Once we receive this, we are able to follow-up with the Broker to get valuable feedback. Not all Brokers give feedback, but we make every effort and will share details with you when we can.
Please let any licensed Broker who wants to show the house do so, even with little notice. We’ll do what we can to encourage pre-arranged appointments with a minimum notice of 2-hours whenever possible, but it would be a shame to lose a chance at your best buyer of the moment because your home was just a little harder to see than another house on the market. Check out our tips for “Preparing for a Showing in 10 minutes”.
Prepare For a Showing in 10 Minutes! Eliminate, Organize, and HIDE
Remove anything that remotely looks like, smells like, or acts like garbage. Including newspapers, food containers, food remnants on dishes, overflowing trash cans. Do a quick clean over obvious surfaces like your bathroom sink/mirror, dinner table, and kitchen counter. If there’s time, do a really quick sweep/vacuum in the main rooms.
Neatly arrange cushions on couches, magazines on coffee tables, make the beds, put dishes away or at least in dishwasher. If it’s out in the open, at least make it look “neat”.
Do a visual scan of each room to see if anything simply needs to go. Shove it in a closet, under your bed, or in a moving box until you have time to deal with it appropriately. Store moving boxes in the garage to keep rooms tidy. Put laundry in your hamper, or even hide them in the washer/dryer until you have time to sort them.