Should The Maine Home Seller Stick Around During Showings?
The Clash song asks “should I stay or should I go” and many Maine home owners, sellers wonder the same thing.
During the sale of their house in Maine, they ask if they are in the way if they stay. Or might they be needed in case a question comes up about the property listing. The answer?
I don’t have an automatic stay or go policy Maine home showing policy.
For lots of reasons. If the owners are elderly, in the dead of winter, then the stay put, just read the paper.
Do your regular day to day routine during our house tour with the Maine real estate buyers applies.
The Maine home buyers get to know, meet the nice owners. The sellers are introduced to the folks who are anxious, want to see their family home of many years.
And sellers should not be left in the dark. Out of the loop.
So after the showing if they were gone, by choice or by chance, we call them back to give them feedback.
Because the owner of a Maine home for sale wants to know how did it go? Anything needed at the place for them to address that the buyer brought up as a concern? Did the place actually get shown, did the buyer show up to do the walk through the property? To get around the Maine home. To see the lines, get the full tour. No communication to the seller means they wonder, worry. No news is taken as bad, causes misunderstandings. Jumping to the wrong conclusions.
But if the owners of a Maine home have two pit bulls, a doberman that always looks at me like my name is Lunch, then by all means. Why don’t the owners run some errands. Take a walk. Be out in the patio doing crossword puzzles or reading a good book. Weeding flower beds. Go get an ice cream. So the buyer can see the home at their pace, with all their attention focused on the property. No making small talk, any distractions. Not followed by the eyes of those dogs that make them nervous either. Because they are with the owners, gone to the park.
I love kids but too many running around the home that live there coupled with the bunch the buyer has can create chaos.
Anxious feelings for the buyer and sellers worried about something getting broken. Or too much time spent chasing out of control, noisy kids in and out of rooms.
Cats let out that were not supposed to be. Dogs barking, excited and jumping up on the buyers, scaring them. Ruining clothing. Not the experience you want.
Home buyers become more nervous.
Missing out on the actual house tour. Or distracted to the point that they have trouble recalling which place had the large kitchen or fireplace. Or low ceilings, or stunning garage, granite counter tops. Can’t remember.
Mixed up because of the hub bub, commotion trying to corral the kids.
Keep every one together during the house tour. Maine real estate buying and selling is emotional. Why add to the stress of the biggest purchase or sale anyone makes in their life time?
If the owner is on board for the showing, I just do the introductions. I explain “make believe we’re not here” and we’ll ask any questions that come up. If they do.
The details, house listing sheets, the video of the place the buyer has already watched several times. Tons of images from every angle mean the home buyer knows what to expect. Has seen the property puzzle pieces. Knows how they go together.
And usually the walk through is more of a formality. Because of the marketing done on line ahead of the house showing to save them time.
Gets them in and out of more property listings, Maine homes or other types of real estate.
On demand with our Maine real estate office really being on the Internet. Not matter where the home buyer is located on the planet. For round the clock availability. If the property is empty, then no day’s notice needed to physically show and often several walk thrus in one day can happen.
Or if there is a Maine home owner present, that works strange hours. And sleeps when the buyer wants to see. Then sensitivity to get them in and out of the Maine home before they lay down their head for some much needed rest at the end of their work shift happens. Or on the other end before they head to work if they desire to be at the home showing.
The other benefit of having a pleasant, helpful owner staying home during the showing is when the buyer is not able to keep appointment and cancels at the last minute. Or is going to be late. A simple call and less of a production for the seller who is already home. It happens more than I wish it did.
Making sure to lock up, turn off any house lights and not let any animals out is critical.
Treat it like your own place. With respect. The owner of the Maine home we have listed is trusting us to be respectful. To keep an eye on the place during showings.
To let them know anything out of place or wrong that could be discovered during our Maine home showing. The vacant Maine home where the furnace has not been on during winter months. Or a leak in the cellar from plumbing. It is an honor, a privilege to be picked as the broker to list, market, sell the Maine real estate.
And we take the job very serious.
Thinking of selling, wanting to down size or increase the living space of your home?
Or to invest in some other property like a Maine waterfront listing, recreational land or a commercial, income generating business ?
Mooers Realty is here to help. Put our thirty three years of Maine real estate work, experience to work for you. Whether buying or selling, call, email Mooers Realty.
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