As soon as your home is listed as “Active” on the MLS, you should be ready for your home to be viewed. We are using virtual tours such as videos and Matterports as much as possible, but eventually a buyer will want to walk through your home.
Every listing is different, but typically we set it up so the buyer’s agent will contact us and let us know of their interest in showing your home. We will coordinate with you based on how you prefer showings to go. We may or may not be present for the tour, based on what we decide in the initial interview. If your home is occupied, we will determine with you ahead of time how much notice you need prior to a showing. If you have young children or pets, we recommend that you receive anywhere from 2 to 24 hours’ notice. Most agents determine property tours a day or two in advance, but there are occasions where a client is in town briefly or driving around and is interested in your home. We will determine how serious the buyer is through their agent before asking you to consider this type of showing.
We do our best to make this process as easy for you as possible and to set up expectations for all parties involved for success in this process.
Showing the home you are living in:
Have a plan in place to prepare your home for a showing. This can be a stressful time in the home selling process. If you outline a plan of action ahead of time, much of the stress can be minimized and you can focus on the excitement of a showing and a possible buyer. During a showing, you will need to leave your home. There are a lot of great ideas online for how to keep your home “show ready.” Research, make a plan of action and be prepared! Pets will need to be confined during showings. Will you take them with you? Kennel them? A dog barking incessantly in the garage or spare room can distract from what you hope the buyer is looking at – your home. We recommend that you take your pets with you if at all possible. Showing appointments are typically scheduled for a one-hour block of time. The showing may take that entire time or may be done in 15 minutes. Consider ahead of time where you will go during the showing. We try to have agents text when the showing is complete to let you know, but understand that they are juggling a lot of things while showing property and sometimes forget or aren’t able to.
We will communicate with agents after your home is shown and ask for feedback. Did their client’s like your home? Is there anything they didn’t like? Are they considering making an offer? We usually receive feedback within a day or two. Agents are oftentimes showing multiple properties, so we choose to give them some time that day before we reach out to obtain feedback.
Let’s consider what happens when we receive an Offer.