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Proper Showing Etiquette For Home Sellers


February 4th, 2016



Are there any unwritten rules for showing etiquette for home sellers? You bet there is, and Realtor.com® recently recommended a few must follow etiquette tips. 

Don't stick around for showings. Lurking home owners during showings or open houses unsettle potential buyers. "Buyers don't feel as comfortable when the owner is home watching their every move," says Nicholas Kensington, a real estate professional with Scottsdale Real Estate. "Get out of their way so that they can start to picture  themselves living there instead of being spied on."

Get your car out of the driveway. "Make it easy for visitors to park and view the home," Kensington says. "No one likes parking issues. Having them is a sure way to get a veiwing of to a bad start."

Bring any pets with you when you leave. Everyone is not a pet lover. Furthermore, some home buyers can be allergic to dander and your pet could make them sick. Brenda Hayward, a real estate professional with Coldwell Banker gives a great example, "Imagine, as a buyer, having the background music set to 'barking dog' while you are trying to take in the home nuances that you, as the seller, have worked so hard to hone."

Make important documents accessible. "Leaving necessary documents in an easy-to-find spot isn't  just good for selling, it's also good selling etiquette," says Kensington. "Put out the home inspection report, appraisal, home warranty, monthly bill information - gas,oil,electric - and proof of any major repairs are all good things to let people look through when they are considering buying your home."

Make refreshments available. Cara Ameer, a real estate professinal with Coldwell Banker suggests, "Putting out a few small bottled waters in a small bowl of ice is always appreciated, along with some light, easy grab-and-go sort of refreshments like mints or cookies."

Lose the stubborness. Homer sellers that are not willing to negotiate will probably have thier home languish on the market. "Focising on your bottom line is always important, but greed can lead to disaster," Josh Myler, a real estate professional with The Agency revealed to realtor.com®. "Remember a little of something is better than a lot of nothing. Generosity will lead you to the promised land."

Source: "8 Unwritten Etiquette Rules Every Home Seller Should Know," realtor.com® 01/25/16

 


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