What to Expect When You’re Expecting…To Sell Your House
Ever wonder what happens after you list your home with a Realtor? Here are a few things to expect when you’re selling.
- You may get calls to show your house at a moment’s notice. This can be disruptive in the middle of Sunday dinner or when you have just put the baby down for a nap. Besides remembering to make your bed every day and keeping the house neat and clean, it may be helpful to keep a plastic bin by the door. This can be used to toss things in when you get those last minute requests. Simply take it with you when you leave the house.
- People will look in your closets and built-in cabinets and drawers. Buyers need to see how much space there is for clothing and other items. If there are things you don’t want to be seen, store them or go ahead and pack them for the move. It is also a good idea to hide medications. We never want to think a Buyer would come into our home and take things that don’t belong to them but, we can’t be too careful.
- Buyers or Buyer’s children will touch things. If you have breakables or valuables, put them out of reach or put them away. Realtors do their best to corral little ones but when there are too many of them, the parents are asking questions about the house and there are toys in the house, sometimes it is inevitable that items get touched and moved.
- Lights may be left on or turned off. You may like to leave a light on for your arrival home after work or you may want every light in the house turned off to save electricity. No matter how you like it, it may not be that way when you return. The agent may not get the instructions. There are some homes that have multiple panels and switches that work the same lights. Most people do their best to leave it the way you had it or turn off most of the lights if you have left them on for the showing but it may not be perfect.
- Doors may be left unlocked or doors that are meant to be unlocked will be locked. It is unsettling to think that someone could leave your house and not lock the door behind them, but it happens. Front doors are less likely to be left unlocked than back/side doors. Agents have locked doors only to have Buyers go behind them and open them again. On the flip side, if you do not lock the door from your house to the garage, a good practice would be to put a piece of tape over it (one that won’t leave a sticky mess on the knob) or put a note on the back of the door so that it doesn’t get locked because when in doubt, most agents will lock doors to be safe.
- Showings may cancel at the last minute (or later) or just not show up. Sometimes other showings will run long or the Buyer is running late. Sometimes a Buyer calls an agent at the last minute and has decided they don’t want to see the house after all, for one reason or another. Other times, people are just inconsiderate. I apologize, for the masses, if this happens to you. If you have busted your tail to clean things up, grabbed the kids and the pets, and headed to the park in the rain and no one shows up or they cancel at the last minute, it can be very frustrating to say the least.
The bottom line is, your house is for sale. You want to sell it. Most people are courteous and conscientious, but not all. Try your best to think about the end result, even when things aren’t the way you would like them. And, if you are buying a house, try to remember these things and be respectful of others’ belongings and time.
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Michelle Froedge is a residential Realtor and Principal Broker in the Greater Nashville and Williamson County areas of Tennessee. “Mom” to four-legged fur babies, Tyler and Livvie, Auntie to Zelamie, she is a vegetarian and sings in her spare time. Michelle has lived in Nashville and Franklin since 1997 and has been selling homes since 2004.