For the last couple of days I’ve been working with a fabulous military couple who will be relocating to New Orleans as a result of an assignment to NAS JRB New Orleans. Their home in another state is currently on the market for sale, so they know what it’s like to be the seller and they know you have to make your home easy to show.
- They know that sometimes appointments aren’t at the most convenient time and they may have to leave their house when they would normally be having dinner
- They know that it’s a pain to be sure the beds are made and no dishes are in the sink every time they walk out the front door
- They know that they are facing competition from the other homes in their area and price range
Imagine their disappointment when we couldn’t see a home they were very interested in this week because the sellers would not allow any appointments to be made while they had out of town company.
Now, I understand that they are in the middle of entertaining guests, which is stressful enough. Making sure everyone is fed, feels comfortable in your home and has a place to sleep (which includes ensuring that only the best be chosen from the bad back mattresses list). I understand that they would rather put aside the fact that their home is on the market this week.
But, what if this is THE ONE? What if this is the perfect family for their home? What if, when they are ready to make appointments again, the buyers have already made an offer on another house? Are they willing to take that chance when turning down a showing request? Apparently so, because we tried again today to schedule a showing – sorry, no appointments until Thursday.
Gee, it’s too bad you didn’t make your home easy to show, because on Thursday my buyers will be headed out of state with a contract on another house.