Home Sellers should prepare to have their home shown in all kinds of weather – particularly rain or snow. It’s your job to present your home in the best possible condition, and that includes being a good host!
If in snow, you definitely want to have the steps to your home shoveled and clear – both to keep visitors from tracking in snow and to provide a SAFE entry. Have a rug or a mat inside your front and back doors as an additional spot for Realtors and Buyers to wipe their feet, and consider leaving some older folded towels in a basket by the door to wipe shoe soles. Yesterday my Buyer and I tromped through the snow to look at the detached garage and quarters and my Buyer FELL when we re-entered the home through the back mud room. Thankfully, I had a good hold on her hand, so the fall was not disastrous, but had she broken something, whose insurance would pay?
Take the same precautions for a rainy day when you may have showings – mats by the doors and extra towels to wipe our shoes. We don’t want to track dirt or leaves in your home, so help us be good guests!
If you prefer to have Buyers remove their shoes upon entering your home, please leave a note on the front door and provide benches or chairs for everyone to be seated while removing shoes.
Home Sellers prepare to show home in rain or snow
And you have to consider our summer heat inclement weather as well. It’s always nice for a home Seller to leave small bottles of water or some hard candy for prospective Buyers who may be weary or thirsty after viewing several homes. Whatever steps you can take to keep a Buyer in your home longer will work in your favor.
If your home for sale is vacant, please have your Realtor or a neighbor stop by occasionally to check the thermostat. This weekend in Oklahoma, it was 77-degrees on Saturday and we received 3-inches of snow on Monday. Our weather does change that fast, and you really wouldn’t want the air conditioner blowing during a snowfall and colder temperatures!
We try to be good guests when viewing your home for sale, but the more home Sellers do to prepare for showings in rain or snow, the more care we are apt to take!! For more home selling tips, please visit my blog!
Content written and published by Lori Cain.