There is No Place for Ice Cold Attitudes When Selling Your Home
Just when you think you know how your day is going to unfold, the Bristow area real estate market throws you a curve ball. Showing homes during our most recent snow storm yesterday afternoon, I was thankful that temps were at least reaching twenty. I knew I would need my boots and that my hair was going to get wet, as well as the bottom of my pants. Making sure I had plenty of time to navigate the snowy roads, I made it to my showings on time.
What I did not anticipate was the ice cold attitudes of the occupants of the homes my Buyer and I viewed. The first home was a tenant occupied residence. She met us at the door and let us know the showing had put her out. "You sure picked a bad day to be out and looking at homes." I diffused the situation as I do most, with humor. A quick smile and quip, "Not a bad day if you want to get the jump on all the buyers that are staying in today."
Then I met her husband. Apparently, in the white out of the roads, I had blocked the driveway and her husband was sitting in his car outside waiting to pull in. The wife waits to tell me this until we are walking out. I would have moved the car as soon as he arrived if she had told me. So on the way out I smiled and apologized. Honestly, I think the man growled at me.
No worse for the wear, we went to our second home...which despite being a short notice showing, had been confirmed by the Listing Agent. It was obvious the Sellers were home as evidenced by their car in the driveway and the sound of the TV from the family room as we entered the home. A little dog was barking incessantly and very loudly. They had to know we were there, but in my loudest voice I announced ourselves at least five times. By the time I made it to the family room, I was being met with an angry older woman who reminded me of Danny Devito's mom in Throw Mama From the Train. "I'm not dressed. Why are you here?"
Naturally, I explained that we had scheduled the showing through her Listing Agent and that he had confirmed. Evidently, he had forgotten to tell her he had confirmed a showing on her home. We asked if we could go upstairs and get a look and she said, "No. My husband is up there. It would be best if you leave. Why are you showing property in a blizzard anyway?" Again, not the most friendly delivery.
Lovely. This was a house that my Buyer thought was the ideal fit for him and we were being asked to leave.
I know that as a Seller you may consider the appearance of a snow storm as a day off from showings. All I can do is encourage you NOT to think that way. Serious buyers, which are the ones you want, look in all kinds of weather. Go with the flow. It is highly unlikely anyone is going to expect you to leave your home in inclement weather. Just stay out of the way during showings. Don't be over bearing. But above all, be NICE. The Buyers are the ones trekking all over the snow to see YOUR home.