When preparing to sell your home it is natural to have many questions. Here are some of the most common questions I receive as a Realtor®.
1. Will you put flyers and a For Sale sign outside my home?
If the community allows it then yes. Unfortunately, in the Lowcountry, most communities do not allow signs or flyers to be placed on the property where visible to the public. To combat this, I use extensive advertising to inform other agents and the public about the features and benefits of your home.
2. How does your office handle showings?
Agents will call my me to arrange a showing appointment. I will contact you to make sure the requested time fits your schedule. If the house is vacant, it will be put on “lockbox” and open from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. The lockboxes operate on Bluetooth and can only be opened by authorized agents. Also, they record everyone that comes and goes, so your home is protected.
3. Will you be present for all showings?
I will not be present at the showings unless I personally have a buyer to show your home. Be assured that our lockboxes are monitored by sophisticated technology — every time an agent opens it to get the key, I’m informed who it was, and the time they opened it.
4. Will there be a lockbox on my home?
Yes. It is imperative for buyer agents to be able to show your home as conveniently as possible. This also allows me to monitor showings and times, and get the agents’ feedback.
5. Do I need to “stage” my home (turn on lights, etc.) when a showing is scheduled?
I suggest you leave your home in the condition that presents it best. Turning on lights, soft music, opening blinds, and curtains will help make your home more inviting. It is okay to use a mild air freshener but refrain from using anything that is strong. Some buyers have a sensitivity to scents.
6. How do you handle buyer feedback?
I will contact you weekly about our progress (Monday’s usually work best). There may be times in between where I’ll need to share feedback.
7. How much notice will I have before showings?
There may be times when the agent is in your driveway wanting to show your home right then. Other agents may give you several days’ notice. Remember, the easier it is to show, the easier it is to sell. Try to always keep your home in “Show-Ready” condition.