Once you decide to offer your home for sale, there are a bunch of things you need to do to get it ready to put on the market. Yes, you have to clean and declutter and complete neglected home improvement projects.
But once you do all of THAT, there is STILL something left for you to do.
When an agent calls to schedule a showing of your home, please, please say YES.
Sounds easy, doesn’t it? But when all is said and done, saying YES to showing your home is a giant pain in the butt.
Because it means cleaning up your house in that same panicked mode you reserve for visiting relatives.
Believe me. I get it. Having lived in 6 states and moved 11 times, I get that sometimes saying NO to showings is a lot easier than going into hyperdrive mode cleaning my house for people who probably won’t even buy it.
But if you want to sell your house — if you TRULY want to sell your house — that is what you have to do.
Okay, so things can sometimes come up and it is not possible to show your home. This is what we like to call extenuating circumstances.
For instance, a GOOD reason for not being able to show your home is if you accidentally amputated a limb and you were having some difficulty cauterizing the bloody stump. That’s an extenuating circumstance, and a GOOD reason for refusing a showing.
A BAD reason for refusing showings? Laundry Day. (Unless, of course, it’s bloody stump laundry. That would probably be okay).
Another GOOD reason? The flu.
A BAD reason? Just don’t wanna.
See? It’s all about extenuating circumstances.
Letting people in to see your home is, by nature, an inconvenience.
Once you make your home available for sale, you are bound to be inconvenienced. Enduring inconvenience in order to find the right buyer for your home so you can move on with your life is all part of the process.
So remember — flu and bloody stumps, no showings required.
Laundry day and just don’t wanna? Suck it up.
The buyers are out there — please let them in!