Ensuring Viewings are Successful and Safely Executed
Private viewings and open houses provide opportunities for buyers to view your property and get a sense of what it is like to live or work there. Ideally, you will want them to be impressed by what they see – and motivated to make an offer.
With consideration of COVID-19, as of April 4th the Ontario Government has cancelled all open houses and the industry is restricting property viewings to only those necessary to complete a transaction. Some sellers are allowing showings only with an accepted offer and some buyers (hesitant about viewing the property before an accepted offer) are submitting offers that include a viewing condition. For more information on how COVID-19 has impacted the real estate market and my procedure for safe viewings click here . You can find further details in my blog posts.
When things return to “normal” as your real estate broker, I will ensure we maximize the potential of every viewing and open house when they resume. To accomplish that, I advise you on how best to prepare your property, I market it to qualified buyers, and then, at viewings, draw their attention to the great qualities of your property.
When it comes to scheduling, I coordinate with you to select days and times that are as convenient as possible. Obviously, I encourage you to be as flexible as you can, as that will enable more buyers to see your property. Weekends, in particular, are popular for residential viewings.
Don’t worry about all the details. I take care of all aspects of scheduling viewings, as well as planning and hosting open houses.
Although I do most of the work, there are a few things you can do to make viewings more successful:
- Make sure your property is neat and clean.
- If it’s a house, remove personal items such as family pictures. This makes it easier for buyers to imagine themselves living in the home.
- Find a place to go, such as a park or shopping mall. Buyers are more comfortable if they can view the property without you there.
- If possible, remove your pets. You can take them for a walk, or to a local pet sitting service or kennel.
- Ensure the walkway leading up to your property is clear.
I realize viewings and open houses can be a little inconvenient. As your real estate broker, I will do my best to minimize the disruptions. I will focus on bringing in serious buyers, rather than those who are merely curious. This speeds up the process and increases the likelihood of a buyer seeing your property, becoming interested, and making an offer.
To sell your property quickly, limit the transmission of COVID-19, and for the highest price possible, it is crucial that viewings and opening houses are done right. Want to learn more about my approach? Please submit the form below or call or email me today to schedule a no-obligation Personal Consultation.