Get out of the House

If you want to sell your house or condo, you need to make it as convenient as possible for potential buyers to view. The market can move fast these days, and you don't want home shoppers and their agents to move onto other interesting opportunities just because they can't get in to see yours.

So how do you make your property available for viewing, while minimizing the inconvenience to you and your family?

One of the most effective ways to ensure ease of access is to put a lock box near your front door. This allows agents to show your property as soon as they hear from interested homebuyers- striking while the iron is hot.

Without a lock box, an appointment would have to be scheduled. The delay could stifle buyer momentum. Worse, many home shoppers may skip your property in favour of others they can see right away.

Rest assured, REALTORS® are professionals and will respect your privacy and the security of your property.

Working with your REALTOR®, you can set rules regarding when and under what circumstances they may enter for viewing. (For example,"Tuesdays to Thursdays, 12pm-3pm & Saturdays 10am-4pm".)

Who Wants to Feel Like an Intruder?

When potential buyers visit, they often feel like intruders. It's awkward for them - and you - if you are at home.

So, if possible, take your family to the park, a movie, or a local coffee shop during scheduled viewing times.

Another great strategy is to plan viewings around your schedule, at times when you're out of the house anyway. For example, if you take your kids to soccer on Saturday afternoons, make your property available for viewing then.

With a little planning, you can maximize the number of viewings, with minimal inconvenience to you and your family. This will greatly increase your chances of selling sooner, and for the best price.

Manny Munir is a broker with Century 21 Professional Group Inc. in Brantford, Ontario.

1 Comment

  1. Julia 10/14/2010 at 10:04 PM

    By leaving the house, buyers feel more free and comfortable in looking around. There is less risk of conflict in case a buyer voices out an opinion about the house that the seller does not agree with.

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