Etiquette For Home Sellers
Believe it or not, there are a few rules sellers should not ignore when selling their home while occupied. Follow these etiquette rules for a successful showing.
First and Foremost, rule number 1- LEAVE the home when it is to be shown. Do not stay in the home to meet the new buyers. There is no need to tell them everything you’ve done to the home. This makes the buyers feel very uncomfortable. If they are uncomfortable, they’ll leave quickly and you’ve lost your chance to receive an offer. Think of it this way- when you go into a store, do you like to sales associate to follow you around, describing everything you look at? No. Plain and simple so don’t do that to someone else.
Rule number 2- TAKE YOUR PETS. Hey, I’m a dog lover but I also know that not everyone is. Fact. The agent and buyers are there to look at your home (without distractions) and they are not responsible for making sure my pet is loved, paid attention to and not let outside. That is not their responsibility. It is your responsibility. So if a Realtor accidentally leaves the back door open as they are checking out your backyard, who’s fault really is it? Answer- yours. So for everyone’s sake, please take your pets with you as the home is being shown.
Rule number 3- TURN ON THE LIGHTS. Yes even if the showing is in the middle of the day. You are show casing your home to prospective buyers so please do so. Especially if the showing is in the evening. Nothing is worse than a buyer trying to figure out where the light switches are before they stumble into the next room. It’s a huge turn off (pardon the pun) if they can’t see what they are looking to possibly buy.
Rule number 4- REMOVE YOUR PERSONAL PICTURES. Living in your home and selling your home are two different things. You need to de personalize. A buyer does not want to feel as though they are intruding on your space. A buyer wants to feel as though they can picture themselves living there. So that means remove your personal pictures. yes, that means throughout the entire home, even the gallary wall you spent hours putting together.
Rule number 5- LISTEN TO YOUR REALTOR– This is so important so I’ll say it again- LISTEN. Follow the guidance of your trusted Realtor. Your hired professional is on your side. He/she should have given you recommendations on what to do when have a showing. For example, keep a laundry basket by the back door so when you receive a call from a Realtor to view your home in 20 minutes, there is no need to panic. Grab your laundry basket and load it full of the dirty clothes in the bedrooms, hygiene items in the bathrooms and dirty dishes in the kitchen. Then take that laundry basket with you in the car when you leave. Remember, you only get one shot to make a first impression so make it count. Don’t give a buyer a reason NOT to buy your home.
These etiquette rules sound easy enough to follow right? Keep in mind that buying a home is an emotional process for buyers. They are looking for that home that they feel the most comfortable in. As a seller, you need to accommodate those buyers so you can achieve your goal of selling your home. By not following these etiquette rules, you risk successfully selling your home.
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For more tips on Etiquette For Home Sellers, please call, text or email Laurel Jonas at 480-229-5861