Congratulations, your home is now on the market and all the hard work you’ve put in thus far should start paying off soon! So far, you’ve done a lot of prep work to get your home market ready. Now it’s our job to bring you an offer.
Generally, it takes at least 2-3 days before we get our first showing request. As soon as a request comes in, we will let you know via text, email or phone depending on your preference. It is typical to get requests in the morning for that afternoon or evening. If you and your family still live in your home, that means making your home showing-ready every morning before you leave for the day. Click here for a list of showing preparation tips. We appreciate that this can be a lot of work and overtime can become very tiresome. If this is an issue, due to pets, kids, etc., let us know and we can require a 24-hour notice.
Once a showing request comes in, you can approve it, deny it, or ask for a different day/time. Remember, the quicker we can get buyers into your place and the fewer showings we have to deny or reschedule, the quicker we can get your place under contract. Our mantra is that the buyer shouldn’t have to work around our schedule, which is why we always put a lockbox on every property we sell. We want to get buyers in as quickly as possible and, in order to do that, we need to work around their schedule.
Showing a home typically lasts 15-30 minutes. You’ll need to be completely away from the property 20 minutes before the appointed showing time in case the buyer and their Realtor are early. Plan to be out of the home for 50 minutes for each showing request. For example, if a showing is scheduled for 5 pm, please be out by 4:40 pm and don’t come home until after 5:30pm. This is a great time to work down your to-do list or visit friends before you leave. If it looks like they are still there upon your arrival, please stay in your car and give them a few extra minutes.
As soon as a showing is finished, the buyer’s Realtor will immediately get an email asking for feedback and if their client is interested in the home. Unfortunately, only about 30% of Realtors take the time to give feedback. If we receive feedback, we will immediately relay it on to you. Don’t be surprised when we don’t get feedback and don’t be offended by feedback. We’re looking for that one buyer who loves your home. For most your home won’t be the right fit for various reasons, but we only need to find one.