Rules to Follow When Your House is on the Market
When you decide to put your home on the market with the help of a Realtor®, please realize that you have started a chain of events that involve many professionals. Those professionals range from your agent, his or her office staff, to the buyers agents bringing in buyers who have in turn spent time with lenders qualifying their buyers, then arranging the showing, and writing offers and so on.
So it is only fair, then, when you put your home on the market and start to involve all these other people, that you, as the seller, do your bit to maximize the home’s salability. So here, below, are a few rules you might like to follow to get your home sold quickly and for the highest price.
- Do not turn down a showing.
You usually only get one chance for prospective Buyers to see your home. Take them at every available opportunity.
- Thou shall not let anyone in who knocks on your door.
People will often see a real estate sign and knock on the door asking to see your home. Never let them in. Have them call your agent.
- Thou shall keep your house in showing condition at all times.
Your house is on the market. How you live in your home and how you market your house are totally different. Every day, make your bed, clear countertops, put the toilet seats down, put dishes in the dishwasher, put dirty clothes where they belong. Always be prepared.
- Thou shall have no contact with prospective Buyers or their Realtor.
You will receive an approximate time (a showing window) when your house will be shown. Make sure your home is ready at the beginning of the allotted window, and leave when they show up.
- Thou shall not be present for showings.
It is imperative that you not be present for showings. NOT NEGOTIABLE.
- Thou shall kennel or remove pets for showings.
People are there to see your home, but even those who love animals will be distracted by jumping dogs and loving cats, and many are allergic.
- Thou shall open curtains and turn on lights before a showing.
Most people have no interest in homes that appear gloomy. Brighten it up!
- Thou shall hide all prescription drugs, valuables, firearms.
Make sure they are not visible to people who are viewing your home, and password protect your computer.
- Thou shall keep your home odor free.
No pet smells, no cooking smells, no strong potpourri. Even good smells in large doses are distracting.
- Thou shall take the first offer seriously.
Ninety percent of first offers are the best offers. They are the most motivated. If you don’t like the bid, negotiate, but do not discount the first proposal. Never, Never reject an offer. Always counter. You never know, the buyer may just be trying it on.Following these rules will assist your agent and those others involved in the process to help you achieve your final goal of getting your home sold.
Provided by BY MIMI FOSTER Managing Real Estate Broker with EPIC Real Estate Group