Selling Real Estate Series Part 9 – Showings

Honestly, showing your home is inconvenient. Understand you’re signing up to do a transaction with the inconvenience of letting strangers in your home when you’re not there. It’s like you’re throwing the highest-stakes, most inconvenient-to-you dinner party ever – and you won’t even be home. You have to hide your underwear. The whole process is really nerve wracking.

You’ve prepared your home to get ready to list and now you have to prep it for showings. You have to keep it clean, organized, and smelling great. A weekly cleaner is often money worth spending during the selling period.

A few things to remember about showing your home:

  • You will need to leave your home for approximately an hour per showing.
  • They may be scheduled last minute. It’s a pain but accommodate as many showings as possible.
  • The Realtor showing the home might be early, or late, stay only 5 minutes, or not show up at all. Realtors are often showing 4 or 5 or 10 houses to their clients on any given trip out.  Depending where you are in the line and how each of the showings before yours goes, the schedule doesn’t always go according to plan.
  • Your alarm may accidentally get set off.
  • Even though we always ask and have a sign, people don’t always take off their shoes.
  • People might use your bathroom.
  • They might snoop. So pack your unmentionables so they can’t be found.
  • Your pets might get let out and a door might not get locked.
  • As your listing Realtor, we do all we can to prevent these things from happening but we won’t be there for all the showings so we can’t guarantee that these things won’t happen.

Lastly, you will receive feedback about your home from strangers.  Don’t take it personal. Take the tips that can be constructive and brush off the rest.  

For more information on selling your home pick up a copy of POSITIVELY SOLD, read more on The Selling Series, or view our selling strategy.