Yes, you really need to leave for showings! A lot of sellers ask if they really need to leave and I always respond YES! There are several reasons behind this. While they sound simple or not important, they are.
The buyers are not coming to see you, they are coming to see the home. If the sellers are there in the home, the buyers feel uncomfortable walking through the home. They will not open closets, or bedroom doors. They tend to make small talk with you the seller but they do not look at the home. Often they tend to rush through the home without really "seeing it".
Sellers tend to point out things about the home which are obvious to most buyers. For instance, this is the kitchen and these counters are granite, or maybe something like this is the great room and the fireplace has gas logs. That's why the buyers have a buyers agent. The agent will showcase your home, they want to make a sale too.
Sellers tend to give out more info than necessary. They often think they are helping out but may actually be hurting themselves. The buyers agent could be there ready to ask questions that might be better answered by your agent. Many sellers tend to try to hard to make the sale and offer things as part of the “deal” when that would have made a great bargaining chip, such as offer up the refrigerator, closing cost, or lawn mower. This seldom actually helps the sale and can make it harder if they decide to make the offer.
The best thing a seller can do is make sure the home is available to show and is always in tip top condition. This will go much further than pointing out rooms, or the "things" you are willing to do once you have a contract. Let the buyers take their time and if they don't love the home, there will be other buyers!
If you are ready put your home on the market in the Fayetteville/Ft Bragg area, call me today at (910)309-4618 or visit my website at www.HomesForSaleAroundFayetteville.com.