When you have your home up for sale, you will more than likely have a number of people, even whole families, going through your home looking at it with the hopes of buying it. You will find that you get through the showing process much easier if you already know about some of the inconveniences that can come with showing your house. This article will help introduce you to some of those things, so you will be better prepared for what may come.
Energy-conscious buyers will turn off your lights
When your home is being shown, you want to have it lit up, so the buyers can see all the great features that it has to offer. However, you will probably have some overly energy conscious buyers who feel the need to turn off your lights every time they leave a room. This will leave the place dark for the next viewers. You may want to put small post-its above the light switches asking them not to turn them off.
Buyers won't automatically use shoe covers you provide at the door
You may think the combination of having shoe covers readily available at the door and the nice brand-new carpet in the house would be a big enough hint. However, you will still have those buyers who walk right in without putting them on. Again, leaving a clearly displayed note politely asking them to put the shoe covers on can help get some of them to comply.
Your pets may be let out
If you don't ensure your pets are kept off-site or properly kenneled when your home is going to be shown, then there is a chance that they will be let out, even if you leave careful instructions not to do so.
Your beds may be laid on
It may be hard to imagine a stranger coming in and laying on your bed, but it will likely happen more than once. Think about leaving a note in the center of your bed that reads, "Bed for staging purposes only, please do not sit or lay down".
Buyers will use your toilet
When you have your home on the market, you may want to check your toilet to make sure the area is still clean and yes, even that it has been flushed. Buyers and their kids will have no problem going in your bathroom and using the toilet, and little ones don't always flush when they are done.
While there are obviously some inconsiderate things you may have to put up with when selling your home, you have to keep in mind that each person who comes through it brings you one step closer to selling it, and that is a good thing! Keep your chin up and try to be patient, and before you know it, you will have it sold and be on to the next chapter! Contact your real estate agent today for more information.