We know that selling a house is like living in a fishbowl where it is hard to feel comfortable in your own home when buyers (strangers) and agents (also strangers) can be expected at any time to come through and see the house.
Additionally, it is common knowledge that it is best if owners are away when the home is shown, mainly to let the buyers psychologically feel at home there, feel like it could be their future home. When the seller is there, everyone is a little tense, feeling like they are a guest in someone else’s home, and wanting to ‘make nice,’ like you would if you were a guest and visitor in their home.
What does the seller do about the inconvenient showing? Let’s say 6 to 7 p.m. in the evening? That is dinner time, and children need to be fed and get baths, and adults like to relax for their early morning commute to work the next day.
Certainly sellers still own the home, and certainly they can put restrictions on showings, and certainly, they can turn down a showing request.
BUT, keep in mind that in a few weeks the sellers may notice that several homes in the neighborhood, which came on the market about the same time theirs did, or afterward, have offers or have closed. They are understandably frustrated, but it could very well be that those buyers who needed a showing at 6 p.m. and could not get in, went to a home that was available to show, got in, and wrote an offer on it.
There is no crystal ball to know which inconvenient showing times will yield the true buyer, but know that the stakes are high that the buyer can go to another property where the inconvenient showing is approved. It may be best to bite the bullet, let the showings happen, and get the house sold to be able to move to the new home.