Please Adjust Your Thermostat Before Showings!

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 SAL.2002007747

SunsPlease Adjust Your Thermostat Before Showings!

Summertime is just around the corner, but some days when you step outside you'd think it was already here!  Hot Hot Hot!!  If your home is on the market, something you might want to consider is your thermostat temperature before showings.

You may be more tolerant to heat than most folks and keep your thermostat on a higher temperature to keep your energy bill down, and that's a great thing to do UNTIL someone is scheduled to visit your home.

When the buyer is focused more on how uncomfortable they are and not the features of your home, you can quickly lose a potential buyer's interest.  And we've seen the same during the winter when a home is abnormally cold!

So consider adjusting your thermostat before showings to make sure the home is comfortable!

Serving Warren County's residential real estate needs,
Liz and Bill aka BLiz

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  1. Marilyn Boudreaux 06/04/2011 04:28 PM
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Anne M. Costello
Weidel Realtors - Yardley, PA

Bliz: it's all about the buyer, not the seller. Let them know that AC works. In the winter make them feel toasty. When sellers are anxious to sell their home, it is unbelievable that they do not get this. Great collage. Next on my to do list is learning how to make a collage.

Jun 04, 2011 08:38 AM #12
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Barbara, We've walked new construction that obviously didn't have someone like you giving them direction!  About froze in a place one winter, no one could concentrate it was so cold.

Anita, The "perspiration" for this post was from a late afternoon showing this week on a vacant home.  The thermostat read 88 and the heater was still on from the winter.

Krystal, True!  If we can't focus, good chance the clients can't either.  A shame to lose a potential sale because the buyers are so uncomfortable.

Debbie, Great point and one I'd not thought about!

Karen, Definitely!  Hot and muggy inside, they're not sticking around long at all.

Judy, Have certainly seen it happen enough times.  We understand the ones with the power shut off, but the rest?  They need to make it happen!

Jerry, Smart move on the Open Houses!

Brenda, Spent a lot of my youth in west central Louisiana, you've GOT to have that AC working!

Joni, Feeling that wall of cool air hitting as you walk through the door is SOOOOO welcome!

Anne, Great points!  Can't claim credit for the collage, Microsoft clipart straight out of the gallery :)

Jun 04, 2011 09:28 AM #13
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Liz & Bill great wisdom about the Thermostat. We had a few cold spells followed by a hot spell I kept running to my Listing in Encino to up/or down the termostat. You are so right it makes such a difference....and in today's market we need every edge to keep the buyers happy:))

Jun 04, 2011 12:00 PM #14
Cindy Marchant
Keller Williams Indy NE 317-290-7775 - Carmel, IN
"Cindy in Indy" , Realtor, Fishers Real Estate

It was 90 degrees here today and very humid...and I showed a house ($159,900) with no AC...between that and the new paint fumes...I had to excuse myself....

Jun 04, 2011 01:48 PM #15
Peggy Hughes/pha logistix, inc.
pha logistix inc - San Francisco, CA

Do the homeowners who don't consider the buyers really ready to sell?  I'm not sure I understand the "sellers" who put so many obstacles in the way for buyers...  Great post, Bliz.

Jun 04, 2011 01:56 PM #16
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Endre, It's a hassle, but we can't afford to have our sellers operating with any kind of a handicap in this market.

Cindy, That's a BAD combination!  What'll chase us out the fastest is either rank animal smells or the opposite, intense "fragrant" helpers plugged into the wall.

Peggy, I don't know that they always even realize what they're doing.

Jun 04, 2011 02:11 PM #17
Nona Swann
Swann & Associates Real Estate - Indialantic, FL
Serving the needs of the Sellers in Brevard County


Let me tell you in Florida right now it is HOT HOT HOT and that is not GOOD! I tell my sellers to turn a/c on and ceiling fans going. A hot home here can grow mold, smells and running out the door potential buyers.

One of my sellers is downsizing greatly so she is looking at manufactored homes (mobile homes) in a retirement park. I can't believe how many homes we went in with air off. Does the owners not realize that is aluminum siding, tin roofs and REALLY HOT. I finally had to hand her off to a specialist in the community but I was not that sad.

Jun 04, 2011 02:20 PM #18
Deborah Byron Leffler BzyBee Real Estate Lady!
Keller Williams Realty Boise - Nampa, ID

Oh and REO vacant homes are teh worst!  We dont' get the humidity that most of you get but the heat is some thing else!   And the cold in the winter...many a home I showed wearing gloves this year!!!

Jun 04, 2011 04:16 PM #19
Kathy Burke
Sensational Home Staging~~Danville, CA - Danville, CA
S.F. East Bay Home Staging

Something so simple yet so over looked!  I think it should be welcoming and very hot or very cold is NOT!!

Jun 04, 2011 04:26 PM #20
Juli Vosmik
Dominion Fine Properties - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739

Okay, first I have to tell you that you are all wimps, LOL.  It was 105 here in Scottsdale, AZ tody.  But, it's a dry heat, LOL. 

On a serious note, you are SO spot on with this blog.  We keep out thermostats at 82 but keep the ceiling fans on.  We dress in tanks and tees so skimpy, we would never be seen in public.  For us, we're fine.  But, people are moving about, getting in and out of cars to the hot air.  A chance to cool off is so very welcome.  Great reminder.

Jun 04, 2011 04:39 PM #21
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

Very good point.  The same applies when it is freezing outside.  Walking into a cold house certainly doesn't do much to "warm" the buyers to the house.

Jun 04, 2011 05:30 PM #22
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Nona, Few things hotter than an EZ Bake Oven trailer with no AC.

Deborah, At least with REO homes you KNOW to expect it.  A regular resale?  Come on, pay the extra $1.34 to keep us cool while we show the home! :)

Kathy, Just keep everyone comfortable and the odds go up a bit for a deal.  At least no one is distracted by the temperature.

Juli, I've experienced some of your "dry heat" of 110+, and HOT is HOT!  Admittedly we don't get the temps here that you do, and in your area, that cool air has to feel even more welcome!

Jane, Having your teeth chatter makes it hard to concentrate :)



Jun 05, 2011 12:25 AM #23
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


An excellent point, for both summer and winter. Too often buyers walk in and complain, immediately, about the temperature. WHile they KNOW it can be adjusted the immediate impression is that the home is cold or hot. Just another turn-off to add to the list adn a strike against a good first impression.


Jun 05, 2011 02:39 AM #24
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)


And it takes so little to take a home off a list when there's so much available inventory.  Best not to give the buyers an excuse.

Jun 05, 2011 03:05 AM #25
Tish Lloyd
BlueCoast Realty Corporation - Wilmington, NC
Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches

Just like we stage the furnishings and all the little touches, having a comfortable temperature is critical.  The longer prospective buyers remain in the home, the more likely they are to "picture" themselves living there.

Jun 05, 2011 02:03 PM #26
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond

BLiz, you definitely hit a nerve here with all of us...i had one seller who wouldn't turn the heat up in the winter over 60!  I had her ex husband come over & unlock the thermostat...i eventually turned this house back to her...good reason.

Jun 05, 2011 02:31 PM #27
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Tish, True, just another check that needs to be aligned.  Keeping the buyers IN the home is the best path to getting them comfortable and hopefully to an offer.

Ginny, 60??  That's cold by almost everyone's standards!

Jun 05, 2011 03:14 PM #28
Karen Baker
Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty - Sunset Beach, NC
Professional Help with Rapid Responses...

Bliz ~ Very important point concerning adjusting the thermostat ~ showing homes all day today...our clients literally walked back out of the house because it was so hot!!

Jun 05, 2011 04:26 PM #29
Leslie Ebersole
Swanepoel T3 Group - Saint Charles, IL
I help brokers build businesses they love.

It's time to get around to the vacant listings and set the thermostat at a reasonable level. The temp has changed so dramatically all of a sudden that we're not acclimated yet.

Jun 05, 2011 04:33 PM #30
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Frank & Karen, We've experienced similar for various reasons, temperature, intense odors, high tension wires.  So many things that can quickly remove a home from contention.  It's a shame to have it happen over something the sellers have direct control over!

Leslie, The vacant home we visited this week was still set to HEAT rather than cool.  Might explain the 88 degree temp! :)

Jun 05, 2011 11:00 PM #31
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