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What Do I Need To Make My Home Available For Showing?
Category - Home Selling Questions - Staging & Marketing FAQ's

When your home is placed on the market, it is the responsibility of the owner to make sure it is always available to show even though it may occasionally be inconvenient. The best way to make it available is by allowing your listing agent put a lock box in a convenient place, to make it easy for other agents to show your home. Otherwise, agents will have to schedule appointments and not be able to show it on the spur-of-the-moment; when the agent happens to be showing other homes in your neighborhood. Because agents usually have a number of homes on their list, when showing a client around, they will likely skip your home if it is not readily available to show.


Most agents will call and give you a few hours notice before showing your home. If you refuse to let them show it at that time, they may skip your house entirely. Even if they come back another time, it will probably be with different buyers and you may have just lost a chance to sell your home.


When you receive a call in advance of an agent showing your home, it is best if you leave the home.  Homebuyers typically feel like intruders when visiting a home and if you are home when they visit, they may rush through the visit and not take enough time to view your home and briefly picturing it as their new home. If you cannot leave for some reason, try to stay out of the way of your visitors to allow them ample privacy. Do not volunteer information but rather answer questions the agent may ask.  Typically, the length of time potential buyers spent at your home is a good indication of how much they like it. 


Keeping your home neat and tidy is critical to sell your home.  Develop the habit of making your bed every day, pick up any papers and keep everything freshly dusted and vacuumed. Try your best to have it look like a model home.  You may be surprised at how much you enjoy your home when it is nice and neat.


Home Selling Questions - Staging & Marketing FAQ's
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