One of the challenges of selling a home is surviving showings, especially if you’re living in your house. Your real estate agent is going to schedule a fair amount of private showings. You always need to be ready. Here are four tips for managing showings:
- Ask for advance notice – Tell your agent that you need as much advance notice as possible so you can prepare. Cluttered countertops and sinks, unmade beds, and floor debris are turn-offs for potential buyers when selling a home.
- Keep valuables locked away – Go through your home and remove valuable items. Lock these “treasures” away rather than leave them out. This applies to small items showcased throughout the house and especially jewelry. The chances are minimal anyone will steal anything, but you don’t want to risk it.
- Keep your home clean every day – Because you may not have a whole lot of notice when a private showing is scheduled, try to keep your home clean at all times. One way is to limit your living space; make certain rooms and areas “off-limits.”
- Leave during a showing – You should plan to leave your home when a showing is scheduled. Homeowners that hang around can make the showing awkward for potential buyers as well as real estate professionals. Buyers might have enough trouble imagining themselves living in your furnished, decorated-for-you house, especially if they see you living there while they’re looking.
You can lessen the stress of showing a home by following these tips. For more advice about selling your home in today’s market, contact Randy Lindsay sales professionals.