When it’s time for buyer’s agents to show your home, all your preparations will be worth the effort. Here are a few final tips that can add that extra touch.
The television and radio should be turned off. Let the buyer’s agent and buyer talk, free of disturbances.
Everybody out, this includes pets. This will eliminate confusion and keep the prospect’s attention focused on your home and allow the buyer to freely discuss the home with their agent. Many prospects feel like intruders when owners/occupants are present. They tend to hurry away, or fail to ask their agent the questions they’d really like to ask. Your absence will put buyers at ease, and give them a chance to spend more time looking at your home and absorbing its advantages.
Leave drapes open for light and airiness. If it’s evening, all lights should be turned on to give the rooms a larger appearance and a cheerful effect.
Be sure the kitchen sink is free of dishes and rooms are uncluttered. Make sure trash baskets are empty.
Make sure rugs are clean and straight. Set a comfortable temperature. Do a “once-over” cleaning—vacuum, sweep, and dust. Final check every room.
Open windows to freshen rooms. Set tables with flowers and linens.
Don’t leave any notes for buyers, especially ones that say “please make offer” this screams DISCOUNT!
If buyers just drop by and aren’t accompanied by a real estate agent, it’s best not to show your home. Ask for their names and phone number, and provide it to us for follow-up. (Most agents screen calls so you don’t waste time showing to someone who isn’t qualified or, worse yet—a potential burglar.)
We use an electronic keybox system that agent’s must access in order to obtain the key. This keybox records which agent showed your home (and the exact time and date), so that we can track all showings and request feedback.