One of the toughest things about selling your home is dealing with showings.
After all, it really isn’t easy to open up your home to complete strangers. During a showing, you must open up your doors and leave your home to the scrutiny of an eager buyer. This can be nerve-wracking, but it is an essential part of selling a home. You cannot sell a Knoxville home without a buyer seeing it.
In this post, we’ll cover some basic showing etiquette for when you sell your Knoxville home. Here are a few things that you should do and a few things you shouldn’t do.
It’s your house. You’re protective of it. That’s completely understandable. But, it’s not a good idea to be present at showings.
No buyer wants a seller present at showings. It is their time to look at your home without you creepily looking over their shoulder. Being there will just make them uncomfortable and could potentially turn them off to your home. Take comfort in knowing they are escorted by a Realtor.
We all love our pets. Selling a home can be tough when you have pets, particularly when you work. It can be hard to make arrangements for pets, especially when showings happen at the last minute.
For showings, be sure to make other arrangements for your pets. Buyers are understanding about pets, they just don’t want to be greeted at your door by a 90 pound, defensive dog. If at all possible, make arrangements to get the dog out of your house for showings. If not, contain the pet in an area that is out of the way of buyers, and be sure to warn the buyer’s agent of the arrangements.
During a showing, a buyer has full access to your home. They’re able to open up closets, look in cupboards, and examine every inch of a home. This can be hard for many sellers. After all, you home is a private place, you don’t want people digging around in your stuff.
Still, you should not place not enter signs or lock doors. A showing is a chance for a buyer to see if your Knoxville home for sale is a good fit for them, which means you should give them reasonable access to your home. Locking off a room to them will only make them wonder what you’re hiding in there and could potentially turn them off to your home.
Keeping your home clean is important to selling your home. No buyer wants to see dishes of what you ate for dinner last night in the sink or clothes that you wore two days ago on the floor. There are some personal items that buyers just don’t want to see.
A dirty careless home makes buyers think that you aren’t truly interested in selling your home. If you’re not willing to keep your home clean for showings, who knows what else you won’t be willing to do throughout the process. Keep your home clean so your home looks its best. Buyers will fell more welcome in your home.
Showings are so tough. They happen at weird times of the day, often at the last minute. They can eat up your weekends and interrupt your dinner hour. Unfortunately, this is something you have to deal with when you sell a home.
It can be a pain to have showings at all hours of the day and multiple showings in one day. Still, the only way your home is going to sell is if buyers are getting into your home. Be flexible, the more showings you have, the sooner your home will sell.
Making buyers feel comfortable in your home can go a long away. You don’t have to roll out the red carpet, but there are some simple things that you can to do make sellers feel comfortable.
Play some relaxing music in the background. Leave your lights turned on. Make your home smell inviting (light some candles or bake a batch of cookies before you leave). Move cars out of the driveway. There are all things that can help buyers feel welcome in your home.
Are you thinking about selling your Knoxville home this year? Please let us know if there is any way that Knoxville Home Team can assist you. Rick can be reached at 865-696-9002 or via email at [email protected]. Kati can be reached at [email protected].
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