10 Commandments Sellers Need to Follow

By
Real Estate Agent with Falcon Property Company

Rules to Follow When Your House is on the Market

  1. 10 Commandments Sellers Need to FollowThou shall not turn down a showing.
    You usually only get one chance for prospective Buyers to see your home. Take them at every available opportunity.
  2. Thou shall not let anyone in who knocks on your door.
    People will often see a real estate sign and knock on the door asking to see your home. Never let them in. Have them call your agent.
  3. Thou shall keep your house in showing condition at all times. 
    Your house is on the market. How you live in your home and how you market your house are totally different. Every day, make your bed, clear countertops, put the toilet seats down, put dishes in the dishwasher, put dirty clothes where they belong. Always be prepared.
  4. Thou shall have no contact with prospective Buyers or their Realtor.
    You will receive an approximate time (a showing window) when your house will be shown. Make sure your home is ready at the beginning of the allotted window, and leave when they show up.
  5. Thou shall not be present for showings.
    It is imperative that you not be present for showings. NOT NEGOTIABLE.
  6. Thou shall kennel or remove pets for showings.
    People are there to see your home, but even those who love animals will be distracted by jumping dogs and loving cats, and many are allergic.
  7. Thou shall open curtains and turn on lights before a showing.
    Most people have no interest in homes that appear gloomy. Brighten it up!
  8. Thou shall hide all prescription drugs, valuables, firearms.
    Make sure they are not visible to people who are viewing your home, and password protect your computer.
  9. Thou shall keep your home odor free.
    No pet smells, no cooking smells, no strong potpourri. Even good smells in large doses are distracting.
  10. Thou shall take the first offer seriously.
    Ninety percent of first offers are the best offers. They are the most motivated. If you don't like the bid, negotiate, but do not discount the first proposal.

Seller rules

Comments (98)

Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Company - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

Julie Larson ~ I have a friend who is a Realtor in your area. I did a little rant this morning on FB because I found yet another one who copied that post - in my own area no less!

My friend saw your post, sent it to me, and asked if it was okay. I explained that you'd asked, that you mention my name (you didn't have to do it so boldly ), and that it was all above board.

Her response? Oh good! I know her to be a good and reputable Realtor, and that makes me think even more highly of her! So, good for you! Thanks for the attribution, cute post and picture, and I look forward to working with you!

Mar 21, 2016 07:05 AM
Julie Larson Realtor® Sarasota FL 941-284-9826
White Sands Realty Group FL | 941-284-9826 | Serving Sarasota, Manatee & Charlotte Counties - Sarasota, FL
When you're thinking of moving...ThinkSuncoast.com

Oh my goodness!!! That's funny!!! It's also good that you have friends watching out for you.  :)

I look forward to working with you as well, Mimi Foster!!!

Mar 21, 2016 07:22 AM
Julie Larson Realtor® Sarasota FL 941-284-9826
White Sands Realty Group FL | 941-284-9826 | Serving Sarasota, Manatee & Charlotte Counties - Sarasota, FL
When you're thinking of moving...ThinkSuncoast.com

One more thing, Mimi Foster, I really don't like to use other people's content. I would much rather create it and take credit for my own stuff. However, your article was so good, I just had to ask if I could re-publish!   :)

Mar 21, 2016 07:27 AM
Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Company - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

I appreciate that, Julie Larson. It's been an experience 

Mar 21, 2016 10:34 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Awesome list! I'm re-blogging this for sure!

Apr 08, 2016 09:21 AM
Mimi Foster

Thanks, Thomas! Very much appreciate it. 

Apr 08, 2016 10:43 AM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Mimi Foster Somehow I missed your featured post but saw Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor reblog.  Great post.  Thanks.

Apr 08, 2016 10:15 AM
Mimi Foster

Thank YOU, Mary. Appreciate it.

Apr 08, 2016 10:43 AM
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Outstanding post Mimi Foster - congratulations on the well deserved Feature!

Apr 19, 2016 05:00 AM
Mimi Foster

thank you, Lisa.

Apr 19, 2016 10:23 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Congratulations on your feature recognition. I will schedule a May reblog.

Apr 19, 2016 08:37 PM
Mimi Foster

Thank you, Roy. Appreciate the reblog.

Apr 19, 2016 10:23 PM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

I came over from Mary Yonkers reblog. This is a wonderful post Mimi!

Apr 20, 2016 11:58 AM
Mimi Foster

Thanks so much, Evelyn. Feel free to print it and put it in your seller packet :)

Apr 20, 2016 12:10 PM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

The categories in this list encompass so much more, but they are the major  ones.  Great list, Mimi Foster 

May 01, 2016 07:27 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

thanks for the great post - I will definitely use this as talking points with sellers!

May 01, 2016 08:40 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

 As I read all 10 of your commandments I realized how many times I have been burned on each by my clients. Have a great week Mimi Foster 

May 02, 2016 12:22 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

I can see why this post might be copied.  It's excellent information, to the point, and well written!  Good job!

Jun 17, 2016 06:12 AM
Mimi Foster

Thanks, Jan!

Jun 17, 2016 08:03 AM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Now Mimi Foster , if only sellers would keep a copy of these rules on the refrigerator to replace all the unsightly trashy refer magnets! Kills me when sellers do not objectively view their homes and personal actions, then blame us for the home not selling!

Jul 16, 2016 08:28 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Mimi... just saw this post thanks to Praful Thakkar's reblog. I do something similar along with a 10 Commandments For Buying A Home for my buyers.

Jul 16, 2016 09:57 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Mimi Foster  Very helpful excellent tips for sellers to follow.

Jul 17, 2016 02:46 AM
Dale Taylor
Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois - Frankfort, IL
Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos

Like this so much I'm posting all over social media.  Shout if from the rooftops baby!

Jan 02, 2017 12:55 AM
Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Company - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

Thanks, Dale Taylor ! Appreciate it!

Jan 02, 2017 08:59 AM
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

It's a great list and as always so well written! -Kasey

Jan 25, 2017 08:32 PM
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

This might be a good post to resurface as the times are changing for selling your house from how it has been the past couple of years!

Nov 03, 2022 10:56 AM