Whether you are selling your home for the first time or beginning your first search for a home, you might have questions or concerns about what you should expect on showing day. An experienced real estate agent can help ease any concerns about what both buyers and sellers should expect on showing day.
Buyers: First, be sure to be on time. If you are late, you are not only inconveniencing your real estate agent but also the current owners or occupants of the home. Be sure to get directions of the home and allow for some extra time in case of traffic or getting lost.
During the showing, don't be afraid to ask questions. Use the showing as an opportunity to get as much information about the home as you can. If you are seeing several homes and they are all starting to blend together, it could help to take notes or photographs to help you remember the details of each home.
Sometimes, it can be difficult to visualize someone else's home as your own space. Remember that paint colors can easily be changed and that the ugly sofa in the living room won't be there when the current owners move out.
Sellers: Showing day is the chance to show buyers how great your home is! You want to take full advantages of the opportunity by making sure your home is presented in the best way possible. This means giving your home a deep cleaning -- if needed, hire a cleaning service to deep clean the carpets.
Pets can be a big obstacle for buyers looking at your home, so take your pets with you or keep them at a kennel or secured outdoors when someone is coming to see the home. Also it is important that you leave the home. Buyers want to look at the home and comment on the home freely without having the pressure of the seller being there.
Also, make sure your home smells as inviting as it looks. Bake some cookies, use a candle, spritz some light air freshener -- whatever you do, just don't smother the buyers in artificial smells. Doing some baking right before is one of the easiest ways to naturally invite a pleasant aroma into the home. Keep some cookie dough on hand so all you have to do is pop them in the oven.
Finally, be sure you don't leave any personal information out in the open. Don't leave medications, bills, medical information or anything else you don't want strangers to see just sitting around on tables or counters. Instead, put them somewhere safe and out of sight.