Why Leaving Your Home During a Showing Might be a Good Idea
Leaving your home during a showing can be hard at times. Therefore, we at The Kolb Team are going to give you 5 reasons why it might be a good idea. First of all, you may love your home. In fact, it might even be your dream home. However, not everyone is going to love it like you do.
Consequently, when a buyer comes to see your home they want the freedom to roam around and have an open discussion with their agent and their partner. As a matter of fact, do you really want to hear that they think the kitchen needs a complete overhaul, the flooring needs to be replaced and the closets are too small? So, to avoid emotional distress go for a walk, visit a neighbor or run errands. After all, this will give the buyer and their agent the space to really look and contemplate your home.
Don’t be Tempted to Be a Tour Guide
Second, the temptation to be a tour guide can be irresistible. Of course, no one knows your home better than you. But, the last thing a buyer wants is a tour guide. Therefore, it is the real estate agents job to play that role. The buyer wants to be able to picture themselves in your home. However, that can be difficult to do if you are playing hostess. Comparatively, if you have a good listing agent, they will make sure all of your features and upgrades are boasted in the MLS (Multiple Listing Service) and on flyers and advertisements. In this case, it is best to let the agents do their job to sell your home. Thus, you will be avoiding the temptations to “show and tell.”
A Normal Showing is 15 – 20 Minutes Long – Could be Longer if the Buyers are Falling in Love
Third, If you are thinking you will go sit on the patio during the showing, that isn’t a good idea. To put it differently, it is a preference that the seller leave the home during a showing. Quite frankly, even on the patio, buyers feel they need to whisper and tend to hurry through the home not making any comments. Therefore, when the seller is home, even on the patio, it makes buyers feel uncomfortable. Typically, a normal showing is 15-20 minutes. But, this may be longer if the buyer really loves the home. Certainly, if they really love your home, most likely you will be fine with them lingering.
Fiduciary Responsibility as Buyer’s Agent is to the Buyer
Fourth, maybe you are considering hanging out with the Buyer’s agent while the buyers take a look. The fiduciary duty as the buyer’s agent is to the buyer. Correspondingly, the agent will need to walk with the buyer answering any questions and representing them in making their purchase. Likewise, as the seller you have an agent who is representing you whose job it is to get the best price for your home. Also, a good buyer’s agent will have done their homework and know the features and upgrades of your home.
Additionally, if questions arise the buyer’s agent will ask the listing agent for clarification. Did you know, in Arizona it is against the Code of Ethics to interfere with another agent’s client. In like manner, the buyers agent would like to help get your home sold.
We Understand Selling a Home Can be Stressful and Inconvenient Especially When Leaving Your Home During a Showing
Fifth, as a seller you are thinking this is really a hassle. Not to mention, turning on lights, setting some background music and then leaving for who knows how long! Of course, we get it. Selling a home is stressful and inconvenient. But, be assured most buyer’s agents truly have no desire to waste your time or make more work for you. Therefore, at The Kolb Team when we are working with buyers we screen our buyers’s and know ahead of time of their financial situation and ensure that each buyer is pre-qualified before we show homes.
If you are thinking of buying or selling a home contact us at 480-809-5759 or Info@thekolbteam.com If you would like to download our FREE Guide to Buying a Home click here. Likewise, if you would like to download our FREE Guide to Selling a Home click here. The Kolb Team. Arizona’s Active Adult Communities Experts