Uncategorized November 2, 2016

Selling? Accessibility Plays A Large Role!

If you are getting ready to sell your Tam O’ Shanter real estate, you likely are going through the process of getting your home ready, along with the listing paperwork. There is a lot that goes into listing a home for sale in Bellevue, WA: prepping the property (decluttering, painting, repairs and staging just to name a few), photography, paperwork, and price. On the paperwork portion, your Tam O’ Shanter realtor will ask you about accessibility. This is how you want potential buyers to be able to access your home for a showing. There are a few different options you can choose from.

The first option, and most common and recommended, is the lockbox. This gives buyers the option to see the home as soon as they want at a time that works best for their schedule. Their Bellevue, WA realtor will open the lockbox with their personal code and give them a tour of the Tam O’ Shanter property for sale.

The second option, which is a little more of a hassle, is leaving a key at the real estate office that has your home listed. This requires the buyer’s agent to stop by and pick up the key and then return it when they are done with the showing. Note: This is not convenient if there are multiple requests to show at around the same time. Especially since a lot of Tam O’ Shanter realtors map their route when showing more than one property.

The third option is simply to call and then go show. The seller is flexible, they just want to know that a showing is taking place at their Tam O’ Shanter home for sale.

The fourth option is to show by appointment only. This requires a time frame where a certain amount of notice is required. Some people ask for 48 hours notice while others simply ask for a couple hours. While needing notice to get your house ready is understandable, asking for a couple days’ notice could cause you to lose out on a solid buyer. If you feel you need more time, discuss solutions with your local Tam O’ Shanter real estate agent. I advise my sellers to get their home prepped before we even put it on the market to ensure that the home is always ready to show with minimal inconvenience to the home owner.

Another option for showings is limited access. This means the home is only available select days at select times for showings. If you are only allowing showings while you are at work during the week, you could lose out on buyers as they likely will also be working.

There may be some solid reasoning why you can’t be as flexible as a “Go Show!” seller, but be sure to have your realtor make that clear in the agent only remarks and try to work with the buyers as much as you can. Accessibility can make or break the ability to get your home sold quickly and for the most amount of money possible.

For more information on selling Tam O’ Shanter real estate, give me a call.