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Showing the Property

Showing the Property

Once the house is on the market, there are certain things you as a seller can expect. One is that people will be walking through your house from time to time. It is always a good idea to keep your home in top condition in terms of repairs and cleanliness at all times. This doesn’t mean that just because it is on the market 24 hours a day that you have to have people running through the house at all hours. Work out the details of showings with the realtor. How much notice do you want before the house is shown? Do you want showings by appointment only? Are there times during the day or evening or certain days of the week that you would prefer not to show the house? Keep in mind that creating too many restrictions on showings could negatively impact the number of visits from potential buyers.

Should you be in the house when it is being shown? Generally, the answer is no. As potential buyers meander through the house, it is always a good idea to let them go with the realtor who may already know the property. If you must be there, try to be as inconspicuous as possible. You don’t have to hide in the basement or attic, but try to stay out of earshot. If buyers are coming through for a second time, and it is obvious they really like the house, it is probably better if the seller is not there. If they have questions, they can bring them up before they leave or at a later date. It is important to give serious buyers the opportunity to talk and discuss personal issues unobserved.

Open houses are a good way to get potential buyers into your home. If nothing else, it will give these buyers an idea of what your home has to offer. Fresh flowers, lighted rooms, soft, dim lights when appropriate, and a fire in the fireplace during cold weather can add just the right touch. Don’t save these ideas just for an open house. These are appropriate whenever your house is being shown. Your realtor should also be able to provide you with other tips that enhance the looks and appeal of your home.

One other thing to consider – don’t tempt fate. If you have valuables, lock them up or take them with you. Even though a realtor is in the house during an open house, not every visitor can be accompanied or watched, particularly if there is a big crowd. People will be poking in areas one doesn’t usually consider acceptable under normal circumstances.

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