Open access....

A home that's hard to access is hard to sell.  To make it as easy as possible for buyers and their representatives to get inside your property for viewings, follow these tips.

  • Set generous, reasonable hours of availability and honour them; most buyers can't view homes until after work or the weekend, so think weekdays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and weekends 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., for example.  Avoid such stipulations as requiring 24 or 48 hours' notice for showings, if possible.
  • For those times you can't be there to admit the buyers, ensure all necessary keys are available to your real estate representative.  In addition to your front door key, condo dwellers might need to include a storage locker key, for example, while house dwellers may need to provide a garage key or remote to open the garage door.  And if you have a security alarm, make sure your rep can disarm it.
  • Make sure your representative knows how to quickly contact you while your home is on the market - and that you're readily available at that number to take and return calls.  Your rep or a buyers' rep could call at anytime to book a showing, so consider yourself on call until your property sells.
  • Don't forget the little things, like parking and pets.  Is there somplace for buyers and real estate representatives to park, and does your rep know where that is and how to access it?  Do you have a plan for evacuating pets before showings?  You don't want the sound of barking coming from inside to scare protential buyers away!

Allow your sales rep full access and generous showing hours to ensure your door is always open for a successful sale!