Home Showing Tips
Why we use A LockBox On Your Home. Homeowners should not be present in the home during a showing as it makes the potential buyer uncomfortable. Lockboxes allow instant and secure access to your home.
FACT: Homes with lockboxes get more showings, with less days on market, than homes without lockboxes because they are easier to show. Check Your Voicemail and/or Answering Machine regularly. Not checking your voicemail and/or answering machine regularly can mean missed notifications about showings.
Make sure your voicemail and the voicemail of any other numbers you designate for notifications are properly set up to receive messages. Communicate With Others In Your Household About Showings.
Most problems with showings come from one person in the family not receiving notification about a showing from another member of the family. Be sure everyone in the house knows the importance of relaying dates and times of showings to other members of the family so no-one is caught unaware. Use Our 'Text2Approve' Feature. Ask your Agent about this CSS feature that allows you to approve, decline or even reschedule showings by text message with your smart phone.
If you don't reply back, we will still make all the necessary calls for the potential appoinment. Always Have Your Home Ready To Show This is probably the hardest to do. Keeping your home in good showing condition can not only improve the quality of each showing, but also reduces your stress.
When CSS calls about an agent with a buyer that is “in the area,” you won’t have to frantically try to clean up. Be Prepared For “Drive-Up” Showings.
Agents prepare tours for their buyers ahead of time. Often, however, their buyer will see a house for sale that was not on their tour. CSS makes it much easier for that Agent to then schedule a “drive-up showing”. Be aware that this may happen to you. Often these spontaneous showings are the ones that sell your home.
CSS defines a “drive-up showing” as a Agent requesting a showing appointment within 20 minutes of their planned arrival at your home. How To Potentially Increase Showings: • Put your home on an electronic lockbox (if available)
Allow showings whenever possible, even when your home is not in perfect condition or someone is asleep in one bedroom
Try to not restrict showing times How You Could Lose Showings:
- Rescheduling/Declining showings
- Requiring advanced notice
- Restricting available showing times