When a Showing Takes Longer Than Was Scheduled With The Seller
As I was standing over my cooktop, preparing a homemade cup of cocoa, my phone rang. With snow approaching the Bristow area, I thought perhaps it would be my mother asking if I was in for the night. Even though I'm a grown, middle aged woman, my mother still worries. And maybe she should. After all, I had just returned from picking up my car from the dealership where it had been repaired from the damages suffered when I lost control around a turn, driving on ice. Wasn't my Mom. It was a client.
Immediately, I could sense irritation. The seller wanted guidance on what to do. They had a showing scheduled from 6:30pm-7pm. When returning home with his spouse and dogs, he saw a truck still in his driveway. His inclination was to knock on the door and see how much longer they would be.
My suggestion was that they drive around for fifteen more minutes and come back. The last thing you want to do is hurry up a buyer who is probably in there figuring out if they will put the big screen TV in the family room or the living room. No buyer stays in a home much longer than ten minutes if they don't like it. If the buyers were still there, let them be. Let them really fall in love. Don't ruin the moment or make them feel rushed.
Is it inconvenient when buyers take longer than you think they will? Sure. It must be annoying to be a seller and have to leave for strangers to walk through and on top of it, have it take longer than they told you would. However, you have to keep the annoyance in perspective. The buyers aren't in there talking about their plans for the weekend. They are trying on your home. It fits like a glove. They feel very comfortable there. They want to check one more thing in the master bedroom. Then they want to double check if the kitchen has a gas range. Oh...one more thing, they walked through so fast, how many closets are there? How big is the garage?
Showings taking a bit longer than expected is something that should make you smile. Put that annoyance aside. A long showing will often result in an offer.