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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Selling Your Home - Lessen the Hassle of Showing Your Home

Several years ago I wrote a post about the realities of being inconvenienced when selling your home.  The point of the post was simple...very few buyers will make an offer based on the photos in the MLS listing or even the virtual tour.

Buyers want to "feel" the house.  They want to touch the cabinets (and who knows what else!).  Buyers want to walk the in see how easy it is to get around and judge the traffic flow. 

So when it comes time to sell your Viera, Florida home don't forget this... communicate with your agent up front on the rules regarding access to your home.   For more hints when selling your Viera home, see the related reading at the bottom of this article.

When a house is vacant, this is a non issue for the seller.  But if you will be continuing to occupy your home until sold then the challenges should be expected and mitigated with pre-planning.
There are some barriers that need to be "worked around" up front.  The most common is pets.  This can be a particular challenge when Fido doesn't want to sell!   

Recently I had buyers who were told to not go in one of the bedrooms because the pet snake was in the room.  I assumed loose otherwise why the warning?

Another barrier is work schedule.  If a seller works at night then the "no showing between X o'clock and Y o'clock" should be well publicized.   I understand sellers have lives and routines.  Still, some prospects will find it necessary to avoid seeing your home (especially if they are from out of town).

Another potential "work" issue is the work-at-home seller.  Depending on the type of work this may likely force a restriction in showing times.

Sometimes health is an issue.  If a seller is disabled then extra time may be required to prepare for the showing. 

Sometimes young children require scheduling accommodation.  

None of the above commitments and requirements are severe impediments to selling your home.  The critical item is communication with your agent and an understanding that, as much as possible, accommodation of showing requests serves to hasten the sale of your Viera home.

A final word to sellers:   Unnecessary barriers when there is no real reason such as "agent must be present," "24 hour notice required" Only between 4:000 and 6:000 on Tuesday, etc. will not get your home sold.

A word to buyers:   Motivated sellers have reasons for restrictions on scheduling viewings of their home.  Furthermore, when viewing an occupied home spend only the amount of time necessary to determine whether the house is a prospect or not.  Second showings can be scheduled for a more detailed examination.

So when it comes time to sell your Viera home, prepare to be inconvenienced somewhat.  However, the more showing requests accommodated, the quicker your home will be under contract!

Lessen the hassle of showing your home by communicating with your agent.  

If you are ready to sell your Viera, Florida home, call or text me at 321-693-3850.

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