You’ve gone through the process of listing your home. Today, I have some advice about what you should do next.
Looking to buy a home? Click here to search the MLS
Looking to sell a home? Click here to get a home value report
So you’ve listed your home—what happens next?
When I meet with sellers and go over the listing process, the first thing that I cover is what they should expect after the property goes live on the market.
Before each showing, the best thing to do is turn on the lights, open the drapes, and leave the property if possible, even if it just means going out to the backyard if you’re not physically able to leave. Make your home warm, bright, and inviting.
You want the buyer to spend as much time as possible inside the home. I’ve had buyers walk into listings before where they absolutely love it, so we sit down at the kitchen table and write the offer. We want to give them the atmosphere of full privacy and comfort in which they can imagine their furniture in each and every room, where they would put their possessions, what they would do for entertaining, and so on. The more time they’re spending in the house and on the grounds, the better.
It’s also important to take any of your pets with you when you leave the home for a showing. If you must leave your dog in the home, make sure that it’s in its kennel. Barking dogs, unfortunately, will usually be a deterrent for prospective buyers.
I encourage allowing buyers as much time as they like to look around. When the showing is finished, it’s my job to follow up with the showing agent (the Realtor who showed the buyer the property), find out how the showing went, and hopefully that will bring a contract to you.
If you have any questions about the listing process, the contract process, or anything else relating to real estate, please feel free to reach out to me. Until then, make it a great day!