Moving With Kids: How To Survive Showing Your House (Part 7)

This is a continuation of our series, ‘Moving With Kids: How To Survive Showing Your House’. If you haven’t done so already, you may want to read parts 1-6 first.

Moving With Kids: How To Survive Showing Your House (Part 1)
Moving With Kids: How To Survive Showing Your House (Part 2)
Moving With Kids: How To Survive Showing Your House (Part 3)
Moving With Kids: How To Survive Showing Your House (Part 4)
Moving With Kids: How To Survive Showing Your House (Part 5)
Moving With Kids: How To Survive Showing Your House (Part 6)

Work With Your Real Estate Agent
Remember that your agent’s job is to represent you and act on your behalf. You can certainly rely on him/her for advice on real estate matters and staging your home, but you know what’s best for your family. Discuss ahead of time what will work for your family for showings and open houses. If you feel that you need 24 hrs. notice to get the house prepared for a private showing, then tell them that.

Can you have the house ready to show every weekday by the time you leave for work? If so, then your agent can show your house during the day. If not, he/she will need to know that up front. You probably can’t just drop everything at work to head home and prep the house. Figure out the best time to schedule showings in the evenings. What time can you reasonably be out of the house, considering dinner, homework and any other kids’ activities that you might have. If you think that 5:30 is good for all days but Wednesday or that Mondays just won’t work, then tell your agent. How do you want to handle weekend showings? Do you want to hold your house open for inspection every weekend? This is what we did because we agreed that people aren’t going to want to buy it if they can’t see it!

It’s best to try to provide a static schedule for weekdays that your agent can refer to when fielding calls from prospective buyers and buyer’s agents. You will make his/her job much harder, especially in the early days when activity is higher, if you have to be consulted for every call. We left our agent to work it out with the interested parties, with the understanding that we needed 24 hours notice. It was often still inconvenient, but we knew that we had to do it and that we left ourselves enough time to get the job done.

Open houses can be on Saturday or Sunday, and times can vary a bit. We’ve seen Noon-2, 1-3, 1-4, 2-4. Pick what works for you. It can be different from open to open, depending on what you have going on. Open houses can be decided on one at a time, rather than the same day and time for every one, unless that is what works for you.

After a few showings and/or open houses, if you find that the time you picked isn’t working out, let your agent know and adjust it. They should be willing to accommodate you as long as you are being reasonable. Buyers can’t buy your house if they can’t get in to see it, but it’s still YOUR HOUSE and you have your family to consider.

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Read the whole series:
Moving With Kids: How To Survive Showing Your House (Part 1)
Moving With Kids: How To Survive Showing Your House (Part 2)
Moving With Kids: How To Survive Showing Your House (Part 3)
Moving With Kids: How To Survive Showing Your House (Part 4)
Moving With Kids: How To Survive Showing Your House (Part 5)
Moving With Kids: How To Survive Showing Your House (Part 6)
Moving With Kids: How To Survive Showing Your House (Part 7)
Moving With Kids: How To Survive Showing Your House (Part 8)

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