- Make sure there is a working key given to the Realtor. Discuss the option of a lock box that is kept on the property. This is especially convenient when the property is in a remote location.
- Make sure realtor/broker is given all points of contact, i.e. cell phone number, work phone, home phone, etc.
- If you have pets or children or will have extra company, discuss with the realtor what the plan of action will be for keeping them out of the way for showings.
- Be aware that there may be last minute showings
- How will you handle tenants? Will an appointment be needed to hold a showing?
- One of a Realtor’s responsibilities is to ‘set the stage’. He/she ensures that your home is looking its best when being shown to potential buyers. Usually a third party has an unbiased eye and will be able to spot things that may need improving, cleaning up or fixed. Make sure your home is clean and tidy, the yard well maintained.
- If your home has a view, the Realtor may open up curtains that may normally be drawn in order to show off some of the houses advantages. Or the broker may also make minor moves of furniture in order to anticipate or guide the potential buyer to the pluses of the house.
- Most buyers feel uncomfortable when the sellers are present and are more reluctant to ask questions to the Realtor. Be aware that you may be asked to move to another location while a showing is in progress.
- Concentrate on fixing the little stuff before delving into major home improvement projects. For example if the doorknob is broken, fix it. If a screen is ripped, replace it. But if the roof needs to be replaced, hold off. The Realtor may be able to negotiate the estimate price at settlement. A potential buyer may notice a broken window or cracked doors and may be suspicious of the little things that have not been fixed. This could give the impression of larger problems with the house even if there’s not.