Wondering what it takes to pull off a successful home showing? Learning how to prepare, what to expect and what buyers want will give you the confidence you need to do just that.
Typically a home showing is done by a realtor. But if you're selling your home yourself, you'll have to do the legwork.
If you want to save money on your home sale but don't want to pay a 3% realtor commission, consider our friends at Clever Real Estate. Clever is a nationwide brokerage that can help sell your house for 1% for home sales over $350,000, or $3,000 for homes below that amount.
Tips for Before the Showing
Focus on Curb Appeal
When buyers pull up to your home, they form an opinion of your property. Make sure you've cleaned up your driveway and walkways, mowed any grass, trimmed any overgrown plants, weeded out overgrowth and cleaned up any noticeable exterior defects.
Clean Your Home
Remove clutter, store any items you're not using and make sure you've dusted, swept and cleaned the rugs.
Pretend like you're about to host a big gathering and prepare your home to the standards you would if you were inviting in friends and family.
Remove or Lock Up Your Valuables
When people walk through your home, they're going to look in your closets and open your drawers. Make sure any valuable or sentimental items are locked up or stored off the premises.
Consider Your Safety
Your safety should always be a top concern when you show your property. Don't schedule one-on-one showings with a potential buyer. Instead, always request that they have their buyer's agent with them. You can also install a lockbox and can allow buyer's agents to show the home on your behalf.
During the Home Showing Tour
Give Buyers Space
If you are present for showings, give buyers breathing room so they can explore your home and speak freely. Following too closely or oversharing can be a major turn-off to home shoppers.
Get the Buyer Agent's Contact Information
Make sure you get the contact information for the buyer agent and/or buyer so you can follow up for feedback after a showing.
Even if you follow all these home showing tips, you may still find it difficult to sell your house yourself.
We understand that a 3% agent fee is too high, which is why we've partnered with Clever Real Estate. Clever is a nationwide brokerage that can pair you with top-performing, local agents who can help sell your house for 1% (or $3,000 for home sales below $350,000). You'll save thousands, sell your home for top dollar, and not have to do any of the work yourself!
Best of all, Clever is free and there's no obligation to continue if you can't find an agent you love.
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