What does SHOWING READY even mean?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Godzyk Real Estate Services NH License 033394

One of the best ways to explain what "showing ready" means is actually showing you.  Lets start with what is not showing ready. This home was listed for 3 months, did not sell and expired with the other Realtor. It is owner occupied, not a short sale and not bank owned. It is also a newer home in a good neighborhood.


First the words "showing ready" simply put means your home is ready for buyers to see it. The better it shows, the better the sale may go. 


This seller was referred to me from someone in town whose home I sold. They were at a school event and heard this seller distraught over not being able to sell their home. My client told them to contact me. 8pm that night my phone rang. So, I answered it and got to hear about the issues they experienced. 


I really needed to see the home. There was only 2 pictures in MLS. The next day I met the sellers and was in for a surprise. Beautifully maintained on the outside, lead me to be surprised on the inside. 


While some rooms were spotless, other rooms were a disaster. Not to go into great detail, but the owners and their kids could not agree whose fault some rooms being dirty were. After viewing the home it was time for the hard talk about condition. The home needs to be clean if they want top dollar for the home. They no longer have cats but the litter box is still in the bathroom "pretty full".  Mrs. Seller had me give the talk to her kids so they could clean their rooms. I felt like a referee more than a Realtor. 


They signed the listing but we would hold off on showings until they can get the home ready. Pick up the dirty laundry. Throw out the "to go" boxes. Throw out the kitty litter. Wash the floors, wipe down the counter and clean the bathrooms. 


In the end, we will see in a week how they make out. The father travels 2 weeks a month for business, so when he comes home, the hammer may fall. He called to thank me for having the difficult talk that no one had told his wife previously. 


It is important that every Buyer or Seller should not just choose any agent, choose the BEST agent for the job. Having an agent that works for you is a must. 


My philosophy is simple, provide more personal and professional service to guide my clients through each step of the buying or selling process. All Agents are not created equal and every buyer or seller should take the time to hire the BEST not just the biggest. Those that hire me, find a dedication like no other.


To CONTACT Scott Godzyk please call 603.661.2121 or EMAIL: Sctprop@aol.com .


About the Author: Scott Godzyk is the Owner/Broker of the Godzyk Real Estate Services in Manchester NH. Proud to be locally owned and operated with 34 years of experience, Scott is a leading Agent for Listing and Selling Homes in this area.We are Full Time Agents ready to serve all of your Real Estate needs. Servicing Hillsborough, Rockingham, Merrimack and Belknap counties. 






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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

what a horror story - I had a similar conversation wtih a seller today!  He is an elderly man with piles of papers - 

Mar 11, 2020 02:31 PM #1
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Scott- I have been amazed when looking for homes myself what the seller considered showing ready. I've seen dishes in the sink, beds unmade and doggie piddle pads left out. 

Mar 11, 2020 06:18 PM #2
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Scott. "Showing ready" is seldom, if ever. "living ready"! Enjoy your day!

Mar 12, 2020 04:12 AM #3
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Now that is a new one on me, Scott... a house with no cats, but a full litterbox! I have a cat and the litterbox is cleaned out three times a day. One way I get people to think about show ready is to ask them how they expect a home to look when they are looking at houses.

Mar 12, 2020 04:22 AM #4
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Scott,
Anything that distracts from viewing the actual home is a no-no, isn't it? 

I concur with what Nina Hollander said: "show ready is to ask them how they expect a home to look when they are looking at houses."

Mar 12, 2020 06:25 AM #5
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I often tell folks when I bought my own home, it was so cluttered and not show ready that it took me a few times of revisiting, before I had the courage to go ahead and make an offer on it.  And, I'm in the business!

Mar 12, 2020 04:03 PM #6
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