Putting your house on market for sale in Bowie What not to do when showing Your house.
Putting your house on the
market for sale in Bowie and ready for potential buyers to start viewing your house?. There are things
you should not do if you want to sell your house quickly and don't want to lose
money in the process. Understand that buyers are always looking for bargain and they
will take advantage of any available opportunity presented to them.
Here are few things to
avoid when showing your house.
- Showing times: Make the
showing times very convenient for prospective buyers and agents. Buyers and
agents work on their schedule not on sellers schedule, if showing times are
very restrictive you may be loosing potential buyers. if appointment is required,
sellers need to make sure they make themselves available quickly . Avoid making it
complicated to make schedule appointments, some example of complications are
requiring 24 hours notice, requiring sellers to be present when showing, not
providing lockbox for easy access for agents, having pets in the property when
showing. Many times when showing appointments are difficult agents will pass over the property
and move to the next one. In an ideal world , appointment should be an easy phone call to sellers agents or seller
and access to property is available via lock box.
-Don't Walk around with
Buyers: When buyers and agents have confirmed appointment and they are now at
your property. Please don't walk around with them showing or telling them things
about your house, this can be very annoying and distracting. Let the agents and
buyers walk around without you and let them be free to open closets, bathrooms
without being conscious of the owner behind them. Remember buyers will view
numerous houses before making a decision on which one to buy and many times you
want them to remember your house after viewing it. If they are distracted by
seller behind them, they may not remember the features of the house but just
the seller that make them uncomfortable.
I always advise my sellers when they are ready to put their house on the
market, let the agents do their job and make the buyers comfortable. If
possible leave the house during showing or step out.
- Don't Cook: Avoid
cooking when you have a schedule appointment. The aroma of your food maybe a
turn off for buyers. Get a neutral air freshener to mask any cooking odor ,
before buyers arrive. I was showing some
houses recently to a couple and in one the numerous houses we view that day,
the sellers are cooking what I'm sure is a good food, but the aroma was very
strong that after the showing the couple
only remember the house by the aroma not the features and that house was
eliminated from their list.
-Putting your house on the market for sale can be a stressful process as people
you don't know will be coming into your house , but it can be very quick
process if you can avoid the few things listed above. Remember showing your
house to large pool of buyers will make it possible to quickly get a contract
and you can move on with your life.
If you are thinking of putting your house on
the market for sale in Bowie, Upper Marlboro, Fort Washington
or in any other parts of the metro area I will like to share with you
additional pointers to get to SOLD Fast.
Keji Ogunleye , Associate Broker - Licensed in Maryland & Virginia,