What To Do When An Appointment Is Made

Agents from many real estate firms will want to show your home. Please allow any agent who calls to show your home at the suggested time. If you are not frequently available, it is suggested that you allow a lockbox be installed on your door. You will increase your odds for a sale by allowing more qualified buyer to see your home. You do not want to miss an out-of-town transferee because your home was not able to be shown.

During a showing:

Open all draperies and window shades during daylight hours

The kitchen and bathroom should sparkle

Open windows one half hour before showing to circulate fresh air

Open all the doors between rooms to give an inviting feeling

Place fresh flower on kitchen table and/or in the living room

If possible, bake cookies or bread to an inviting aroma

Turn on all lights and replace bulbs with high wattage bulbs where needed

Pets should be confined or restricted from view. Eliminate pet odors. Not everyone may share your love of animals. Some people may be allergic to them.

All jewelry and small valuables should be stored away in a safety deposit box or in a locked closet

Keep any medication hidden away.

Replace any items not included in the sale, or tag them appropriately with “to be replaced with” or “not included” signs

Beds should be made and clothes picked up. Bathrooms should be clean, with towels folded and toilet lids down.

When you leave the house, please leave it as if you know it’s going to be shown. You never know when the right person is going to look at it.

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