When preparing your home to be shown, I recommend that you hide all valuables and prescription medications beforehand, including locking guns in safes. Personal possessions unfortunately do get stolen from showings on occasion, and the rule of thumb is that it is better to be safe than sorry. In addition to this, you will want to remove any pets from the premises before the showing if possible. If you do have pets, or you smoke, you will want to do whatever you can to ensure that any leftover smells are not there during the home showing; try to keep charcoal blocks around, get the carpets cleaned, remove any pets stains or pet-stained furnishings, light some candles, and even brew a pot of coffee. The little things will be taken into account when buyers and agents are making comments and considering investing in your property! It is also always advised to leave the house while it is being shown; the agents and buyers alike will appreciate some space when reviewing your home’s potential.
You may (or may not) receive feedback from these potential buyers and agents. Some agents won’t provide any feedback and that could be for any number of reasons, but a good realtor will be sure to get back to you if there is serious interest in your property. However, if you do receive feedback after a showing, keep in mind that it will most likely not be sugar-coated. Buyers and agents will comment on your furniture, paint color choices, taste in decor, clutter, and whatever else they notice. And, as mentioned above, they will also comment on the smells. Be prepared for this in advance. In addition, buyers and agents are not always courteous about when they would like to see or show your home; they will both try to schedule showings or bail on pre-approved showings at the last minute. I recommend that you try to be patient with them and know that this is all a part of the exciting process of selling your home!
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