Congratulations! Your home is now on the market, and all the hard work you’ve put in to prepare it should pay off soon. Our job is to bring you an offer as quickly as possible. In this post, we will review your part in the listing copy and share some showing tips so you will be prepared when showings start to schedule.
Once your home is live in MLS (Multiple Listing Service), we will send you a copy of the listing sheet, which you should review carefully. Please notify us of any errors or concerns regarding phrasing or omissions so we can effectively sell your property together.
We will also send you links to the other websites to which we have added your property so that you can see how the public will see your home is marketed.
Depending on the market, you may receive your first showing request right away or it may be within a day or so. When a request comes in, our showing service, Showing Time, will send you a text. We usually ask for 24-hour notice for showings, but it’s not uncommon to receive requests for same-day showings. Let us know if that doesn’t work for you due to pets at home, kids, etc., and we can require 24-hour notice.
You have three options when receiving a showing request: approve, deny, or ask for a different day/time. The quicker we can get buyers into your house without denying or rescheduling showings, the faster we can get your house under contract. We always put a lock box on every property we sell to make sure buyers can see the house with their agent as quickly as possible.
If your home is vacant, we will probably set up the appointments as a go and show. The appointment will be automatically confirmed, and you will receive a text so that you know when people will be in the house.
Plan to be out of the home with each showing request. Showings are scheduled with a beginning and ending time. Typically, the appointment is made for an hour window. You need to be out of the house 15 minutes before the appointed time in case the buyer and their REALTOR® are early. Plan on staying away until the end time you received with the initial showing request unless you receive a text from the showing service that the showing has been completed.
- Have your home look just like it did for the photographs (i.e. clean, all dishes put away, floors free of dog hair, etc.)
- Put all toilet seat lids down
- Open all curtains/blinds
- Turn on all lights before you leave for a showing
- Hide any valuables such as jewelry, prescription meds, firearms, etc or, better yet, take them with you
- Hide all bills with your name on them, as we don’t want potential buyers to know who you are
- Turn off alarm systems and lock all doors
- Take pets with you, let them play at doggie daycare or kennel them if they must be home
After the showing, the buyer’s agent will receive an email asking for feedback. Unfortunately, not all agents give feedback. It’s frustrating, we know! They will receive three emails from us, and we will call them as well. We understand that you want to know how the showing went!
When/If the agent fills out our feedback form, the results will go directly to your email and ours. You won’t have to wait on us to send it to you as the middleman.
We hope these showing tips will help you understand the next steps. Now, let’s get your home SOLD!
Next: Step 8 Guide To Selling A Home: The First Week Your Home Is On The Market
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