I don't want sellers home when I'm showing the property for sale to home buyers.
That said, I surely LOVE them at home when I'm previewing.
Sellers can say the darndest things their agents wish they hadn't.
When the phone call comes that an agent wants to show your house, you groan. You're tired, perhaps, or hungry. Your son has homework to do and you need to cook dinner. It's so terribly inconvenient.
There are lots of reasons your agent has suggested you not be home while prospective buyers are visiting.
First, the acts of buying and selling a home are so very personal and so filled with emotion that it's best if a buyer and seller not meet. For example, imagine if the buyer criticizes the way you decorated your house or complains that the rooms are too small. You probably would feel bad, and you might even feel resentful. If they later make an offer on the house, you're already prejudiced against them. Likewise, imagine hearing the buyer say how much they love the home but then when they put in an offer, it's insultingly low. Your feelings are hurt.In these situations, it's nearly impossible to separate emotion from business and negotiations can be more than a little tricky.
A second reason your agent has recommended you not be home is to help the buyers imagine the house as their own. If you're there, the buyers will think of the house as your home instead of as their own home. They're much less likely to make an offer.
Where can you go during showings?
- When our house was for sale, we saved our errands for when we had to leave anyway. Got the grocery shopping done, picked up dry cleaning, returned library books.
- Visit your friends. Especially if you've grown close with your neighbors, you'll want to spend some extra time with them before you leave.
- If you children have homework to do, go to the library.
- Go to the park. This is a great option if you had to take your family dog with you.
- Go to the mall. Window shop and buy a coffee.
- Go to the movies.
- Scope out your new neighborhood. If you're not moving too far, take a trip and find your new cafe or deli.
Wherever you go, treat it as forced relaxation. Selling a home is stressful. Use this time to recharge your batteries.
~ Wayne & Jean
Union County, NJ - a great place to live and work!
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