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.