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5 Things That Will Make Getting Ready For a Showing Less Stressful

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5 Things That Will Make Getting Ready For a Showing Less Stressful

You just got off the phone and found out you have a showing in 1 hour! Woohoo a showing!! That's great news! But wait. Oh no!! You have a showing in 60 minutes!!! The beds aren't made, the dishes from last night are still in the sink and the kids have left a trail of clothes from their rooms to the bathroom. Not to mention, the dog just brought in about half the fallen leaves from the yard. What should be an exciting and hopeful experience has turned out to be a nightmare on Elm street occurrence. Ok, that may be a slight exaggeration. Freddy isn't jumping out at anyone. Never fear tho, this post is about what you should do from the very beginning of listing your home, to get ready for every showing. The first and I think most important thing to do is:

  1. Use a checklist. I know what you're thinking, What in the world does using a checklist have to do with getting ready for a showing appointment? Pam Graham are you off your rocker? Hmmmm, I think I'll ignore the rocker question. Let me explain the other...At this point let's assume you de-cluttered, did some painting and deep cleaned the entire house, now it's just about maintaining and tidying up for showings. Let's say you have kids. How smooth do you think it would go in the morning, if you had a checklist ready for every child, detailing what they need to do to get out of the house for school? Things like make your bed, fold your PJs and put them away, brush your teeth, put the tooth brush and paste away, etc. You can add what ever you want, type it up, laminate it and use dry erase markers to check off what was completed, then erase for the next day. If you're still not convinced, let me give you more examples. I use checklists frequently. I use them for real estate. I use them for personal stuff. I even use them for getting healthier. Feel free to ask me about that and I'll be happy to explain. Back to real estate, here's an example of how I use checklists. When I take a listing, I have a checklist that reminds me of what paperwork to collect, what to do with the paperwork, plus the marketing that I'm gonna do. That way, I won't forget, and it keeps the process running smoothly, which makes me a better agent. Most people know that airplane pilots use checklists for take off. Did you also know, they have checklists for the various emergencies they may face? It helps to keep them focused, so they won't forget the proper procedure and save lives. I tell ya, adopting checklist for all parts of your life, will make things go soooo much better.
  2. Assume everyday you will have a showing. If you do that and use your showing routine checklist everyday, you will always be prepared. Plus being that positive everyday, is bound to bring good things your way!
  3. Decide ahead of time how you will handle different situations. Sit down and brainstorm about all the possible situations that can occur. What will you do with your pets? Can you turn off your security system from your phone when you're not home? What will you do if you get a showing appointment during dinner? What about going out of town, will you continue having showings while you're gone? What if you have sick family members at home? What if you have a pet snake, who likes to run loose in the front bedroom? Yes, true story. I know, snakes don't run, but you get my drift. What other situations can you think of that are specific to you and your family?
  4. Don't let the cleaning get out of hand. What I mean by that is to always be tidying up every day. Always clean the dishes, put them away, always put laundry away, and don't let it pile up. Don't put it off for another day, because then, as luck would have it, that's when you'll get a showing in 30 minutes, but you don't have time to clean up everything and you go into panic mode.
  5. Don't stress. I know easier said than done, but if you stress, stress causes worry and frustration, which can lead to chaos and headaches. That makes everyone in the house miserable, and makes you second guess selling your home. If you follow the 4 tips above, I guarantee you, things will go much smoothly. You just have to do some work in the beginning, plan things out, get everyone on the same plan and work the plan everyday.

Living in your house while having it on the market is stressful enough. Having a plan in place on how you handle situations that present themselves, sure will make your life less stressful. If you're thinking of selling your home, let me help you with the details and the checklists to make the showing process easier.

Call me at 904-910-3516 or shoot me an email at pam@pamgraham.com

photo by: Evil Erin

Originally Posted at: Northeast Florida Life

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Comments (31)

Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Pam -- this is great advice and I love your idea of checklists for the kids!  It is a good idea to prepare for a showing every day and to keep up with things.

Apr 09, 2014 12:14 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
I like number two. Assuming every day you are going to have to put your best foot forward is a great way to ensure that you do your best work whenever possible!:) Love and light, Laura
Apr 09, 2014 03:49 PM
Tracy Oliva
West USA Realty - Arizona - Fountain Hills, AZ
The Oliva Team Arizona Agents

Good Morning and great Info!! keep up the good work and good luck with your business.  E

Apr 09, 2014 08:16 PM
Goran Utvic
Goran Utvic Real Estate Broker/Construction Consultant - Chicago, IL
Chicago 2 Flat Specialist

Great tips thanks for sharing

Apr 09, 2014 09:56 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Pam, very good tips. Number 5, Stress is a big one for homeowners.

Apr 09, 2014 10:42 PM
Pam Graham
All Real Estate Options - Jacksonville, FL
Jacksonville, Clay & St Johns Counties

Good morning everyone! I love checklists! It seems like many of you do too. I use them for personal and professional. I find as I get more "experienced" my memory needs a little boost too. :) Thank you for all the comments!

Apr 09, 2014 11:21 PM
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

Very good list here!  The last one is probably the toughest for sellers.  Thanks for sharing!

Apr 09, 2014 11:43 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Or if you prefer, just call Pam who will walk you through the whole thing calmly

Apr 10, 2014 01:00 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I discuss items 2 and 4 with my clients right up front. Being prepared is the best defense and will reduce stress.

Apr 10, 2014 01:39 AM
Suzanne De Vita
Online Associate Editor

I live and die by the checklist! "A failure to plan is a plan to fail." Great idea to brainstorm every possible scenario. Thanks Pam!

Apr 10, 2014 01:41 AM
Karen Mathers - REALTOR®
Keller Williams Vero Beach - Vero Beach, FL
When it Matters, Choose Mathers! 772-532-3221

Checklists are a great idea.  Having the kids get involved with their own checklists to keep all tidy could really help the client and keep the kids excited about a new home.

Apr 10, 2014 01:59 AM
JT Takacs
eXp REALTY Delaware - Dover, DE
2011 REALTOR of the Year-KCAR

Thanks for sharing. Good advice for sellers, in the past I've sometimes even supplied a checklist for my sellers.

Apr 10, 2014 03:51 AM
Cy Phillips
Space Simply - President & CEO - Clive, IA

Sometimes letting stress go over you without even trying to start things up is the spoiler of everything. Taking things one step at a time is a key for a successful showing.

Apr 10, 2014 04:35 AM
Pat Champion
John Roberts Realty - Eustis, FL
Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs

I like the one to treat each day as you will get a showing that way the home seller will always be prepared. Thanks for the tips.

Apr 10, 2014 05:47 AM
Pam Graham
All Real Estate Options - Jacksonville, FL
Jacksonville, Clay & St Johns Counties

Again I see alot of checklist users! That's awesome! I even use checklist to help me get healthier. Thank you everyone for the comments!

Apr 10, 2014 06:06 AM
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Pam, this is a useful list for sellers.  I love Evil Erin's photo!

Apr 10, 2014 04:23 PM
Pam Graham
All Real Estate Options - Jacksonville, FL
Jacksonville, Clay & St Johns Counties

Sharon-I thought that photo was perfect! Thanks for stopping by.

Apr 11, 2014 06:53 AM
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services Inc - Gulf Breeze, FL
Buyers Agent 800-309-3414 Pace and Gulf Breeze,Fl.

Thanks for sharing and I found them all to be relevent and worth sharing with our customers. 

Apr 13, 2014 02:25 PM
Pam Graham
All Real Estate Options - Jacksonville, FL
Jacksonville, Clay & St Johns Counties

Thank you Joyce for your kind words!

Apr 16, 2014 09:56 PM
Wally Sears
Residential Real Estate Photography - Jacksonville Beach, FL
Real Estate Photographer Jacksonville, Fl

Great information. Great photos are always important too 

Jul 09, 2014 01:00 AM