Is there anything I need to do while my home is on the market?

While your home is on the market, always be prepared for the last-minute showing by doing your best to keep your home clean, de-cluttered and organized. Make sure to clean those dirty dishes in the sink and take out the trash! Yes, it’s annoying when a buyer’s Realtor doesn’t provide sufficient notice. However, your home will be off the market and heading to closing soon enough, so be patient. If a buyer’s Realtor is in the neighborhood with their client and wants to swing by, do your best to pick up and leave the home to allow it to be shown. You want to capitalize on every single showing when a Realtor brings a qualified buyer. There is no reason for you to be there so show your home to a buyer and their Realtor. It’s unnecessary and sometimes can distract a buyer from freely walking through the home and visualizing themselves living there.

At Avenue Realty we have found that nearly 80% of the time the first offer a seller receives is the best one. So, mentally prepare to respond quickly when the first offer is received because you want to take advantage of a buyer’s interest and engage in any subsequent negotiations.

*Avenue Realty Quick Tip*

Don’t light candles to make your home smell good before a showing. Potential buyers will wonder what you are covering up. Instead open your windows (weather permitting) and let your home get some fresh air. Also, turn on the lights and clean up the dishes in the sink before a showing.

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