Rain, Rain Go Away, I Have To Show My House Today!
by Client Care
on Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 at 6:59pm.
Two of the hardest things about selling your home, no matter what time of year it is, is accommodating all those showings and keeping your home clean. Although these two things might be the most cumbersome of the inconveniences you deal with during the process, there is no doubt about it that they are also the most important! The kicker is, these two things become even a bit more inconvenient in the presence of inclement weather. There is nothing worse than coming home after you just showed your house for several hours only to find that someone has tracked mud, leaves, water, or snow all throughout the place. So now after killing a bunch of time during the showing, you come back and now have to clean again as soon as possible so that your home is ready for the next showing. This cycle of wasting time, only to be met by more work can get pretty old pretty fast and will only perpetuate unless you do something about it. Fortunately for you, I have a few tips that should help make showing your for sale home in inclement weather not such a big deal.
First of all, you have to post signage! The visual word has so much authority, so when you see a sign on the front door that says, “MUST take off shoes BEFORE entering!!!” the Realtor is required to make sure everyone complies. But don’t stop there, using signage all throughout the home, especially if you are hosting an open house, is a great way to convey a wide range of messages to potential buyers. For instance you could post a sign next to the sliding glass door that says, “Energy Efficient - Notice no cold drafts!” Or, you could post one near the furnace that says, “Serviced and already keeping you warm!” Or how about a sign next to the fireplace that says, “Can you image cozying up to me with your favorite book?" You are basically asking the homebuyer to look beyond the bad weather and see just how spectacular the home truly is.
To help keep the exterior of your home in showing condition, you are just going to have to get out there every couple of days or hire a winter yard service. The reason this is so important is because things tend to look worse for wear during the winter than in the summer when gardens are in full bloom. It is also very important to make sure you take the time to put ice melt down before the showing if it is needed. (Again here is where that sign to take off their shoes is so important!) Coming from personal experience, trudging through snow to get to the house you are thinking of buying is not a great first impression. A savvy homeowner might also consider putting out some pictures of what the property looks like during the peak of summer. You could lay these pictures out on the kitchen table where they are not to be missed or tape them to the windows so that when you look out you can see the yard potential.
For sellers to make last minute showing requests easier to accommodate, I suggest becoming a master multitasker. This means you want to make sure that cleaning and tidying up is the first thing you do every day, but that you also maintain it as the day goes on. Also try to restrict your family’s activities to one room, so that if you do have to hustle to get out of the house, you just have small area to pick up really fast. If the weather is really bad and you don’t want to drive, just park down the street and set the showing for only a 1 hour window. To stay productive, bring your laptop or your kid's homework!
These tips will definitely make showing your house in the worst of weather, easy breezy!