The Nine Minute Showing Drill
When you are trying to sell a home, you are on the buyers’ time. With that being said, occasionally you will receive a call to schedule a showing to take place within the next few minutes. While sometimes it might not be realistic to show your home immediately, it is often in the seller’s best interest to accommodate their request to the best of their ability. The following is a checklist for this type of panic:
Turn off the television and tune the radio (low volume) to a soft rock, middle of the road or classic rock station.
Turn on every light in the house (day or night) and open every drape and blind (day time only).
Heat some frozen pastry slowly in the oven or heat a pan on the stove and then drop in a few drops of vanilla.
Wipe kitchen counters, place dirty dishes in the dishwasher.
Wipe counters, flush and close toilets.
6. LIVING/FAMILY ROOMS
Hide magazines, newspapers, and games; remove clutter.
Straighten beds. Hide clutter under bed (not in the closet).
Put away toys and clutter. Keep your walkways clear.
9. CHILDREN & PETS
They are a distraction, so send them outside.
Sorry, but this is the single most important thing you can do in a showing to help sell your home! Even if the showing agent insists that it is okay to stay, you must leave. Buyers must get emotionally committed to your home to buy it and they cannot become emotional about “their new home” if you, the current owners, are “hanging around.” Please, at the very least, go into the backyard. Even better, go to the store.