When your home hits the market, you need to be open to showings with reasonable notice. Please say yes to all showing requests unless there is a real reason not to! Only licensed realtors will have access to your home and will schedule through our office – never open the door to someone you weren’t expecting!
You’re making your way through your home seller checklist and you’ve gone to all the effort of sprucing
up your home. Potential buyers can come by on short notice, so try your best to keep your home show
ready. Here are some simple ways to keep your home looking its best:
- Make the bed daily.
- Take the trash out often.
- Put your things away as you go.
- Put laundry in the hamper and wash it regularly.
- Wipe down counters before leaving.
- Have somewhere to go – a family member or friend’s home – for yourself, kids, or pets.
- You should have purged clutter already, but starting the packing and organizing is important, too!
- Buyers will understand the boxes you may start accumulating.
Stay in the loop
Keep in touch with your real estate agent or broker and touch base at least every two weeks. If there’s any activity, you should receive feedback from the agents who showed your home. Be available – be sure to let your realtor know if you plan to be out of town. Showings or offers can happen at any time!
An offer involved more than just the price – dates, contingencies, seller assistance – all of these need to be considered and your realtor should be able to explain and answer your questions! You have limited time to respond to an offer.
Once your home is under contract, you still need to get through inspections and the appraisal process. Those things will be scheduled with you the same way that showings were. Be available so your realtor can get things scheduled on time and discuss any problems that need to be addressed. The title company the buyer chooses will be in touch to get pertinent information from you and to schedule settlement. Contract deadlines are important!