What to Expect When Showing Your Home.

Have you considered selling your home, but are unsure what to expect from buyers and agents once it is on the market? As an agent in the business for over 15 years, I have the experience to give you tips on what to expect during this transition period.

Selling a home can be a frustrating process, and I’ve found that oftentimes sellers don’t even know what to expect when preparing to show their property. What is it like to invite strangers into your home to evaluate it? How should you prepare?

Showing a home requires a combination of patience, endurance, and thick-skin… all elements of you are capable! I’ve compiled a list of information that typically falls through the cracks with you and your realtor. Hopefully this will make the showing process smooth and will empower you in this season of change!

Preparing Your Home

When preparing your home to be shown, I recommend hiding all valuables and prescription medications beforehand, including locking guns in safes. Personal possessions, unfortunately, do get stolen from showings on occasion, and the rule of thumb is that it is better to be safe than sorry.

In addition to this, you will want to remove any pets from the premises before the showing, if possible. If you do have pets, or you smoke, you will want to do whatever you can to get rid of leftover smells; try keeping charcoal blocks around, have the carpets cleaned, clean any pet stains or pet-stained furnishings, light some candles, and even brew a pot of coffee. The little things will make all the difference when buyers and agents are making comments and considering purchasing your property!

It’s also always advised to leave the house while it is being shown; agents and buyers alike will appreciate some space.

Buyer Feedback

You may (or may not) receive feedback from potential buyers and agents. Some agents won’t provide any feedback, which could be for any number of reasons. A good realtor will be sure to get back to you if there is any serious interest in your property.

If you do receive feedback after a showing, keep in mind that it will most likely not be sugar-coated. Buyers and agents will comment on just about everything in your home. From your furniture, paint color choices, taste in decor, clutter, to whatever else they notice. And, as mentioned above, they will also comment on the smells. Be prepared for this in advance.

Buyers and agents are not always courteous about when they would like to see or show your home. They will try to schedule showings or bail on pre-approved showings at the last minute. I recommend being patient with them and know that this is all a part of the exciting process of selling your home!

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Do you have any more question or concerns? I would love to hear from you!

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