What to Expect When You’re Expecting
You read the articles. You ask friends who have gone through it. We are bombarded with advice on social media. If you’re looking for advice on pregnancy, you have come to the wrong place – but don’t leave! I would love to help you understand what to expect when you’re expecting an offer on your home!
You have worked hard getting your house ready for the photographs to go out to the world. Your Realtor says it’s time to “go live,” so, now what? Now you need to be ready for showings.
PETS: If you have pets, you need to have a crate or safe place for them within your home or plan to have them out of the house altogether. I am the biggest lover of animals. I love to see them, greet them, let them sniff, climb, bark, purr, whatever. But, not everyone enjoys them. Some people are allergic and some are afraid. Do yourself and your pet a favor, and make sure they are out of the way and as quiet as possible. And, here’s a biggie. They can smell bad. WHAT? Not my precious Ki-Ki. Yes, even your precious fur baby probably smells – even if you don’t recognize it. Non-animal people can smell a cat, dog, bird, reptile, or fish as soon as they walk in the door. Do your absolute best to clean up and deodorize before every showing. Be careful with adding scents into the air, though. Sometimes they don’t mask an odor, they just add to them and it can be overpowering.
The market is hot, they say. Your house will sell in a heartbeat, they say.
CHILDREN: Children bring their own set of challenges to accommodate when trying to keep your house “show-ready.” I’ve always wondered why such little creatures need so much stuff! If your little ones are still in a crib, chances are, you can keep things pretty tidy, you will just need to work around nap time. Once they are of walking age and a few years into the toddler years, I suggest keeping a plastic bin or two in the main “kid” spaces. When you get a call for a showing and you don’t have much time, just start gathering toys, sippy cups, and stuffed animals and put them in the bins. Your challenge might be to keep little hands from taking out what you just put in, but that one’s for you to figure out! Take the plastic bin with you when you leave or put it in the garage or neatly in a closet. When you get back, junior can get into the bins and make another mess. This may be easier as they get older, when they can actually help pick things up, you just may have to figure out how to get them to do it without complaining – again, I sell houses, I am no help with the obedience of children!
The last, and most important point, is, you must be flexible. Be flexible with schedules. You are trying to sell your house. Buyers may have different schedules. You may have to be inconvenienced to accommodate that showing – DO IT if at all possible. If you aren’t getting the number of showings you need, or you’re getting a lot of showings but no offers, you may need to be flexible and look at what changes you can make. If Buyers have consistently said you need new flooring, you may need to address that by making the change or advertise a solution to change it out after closing. If the feedback is regarding things you cannot physically or financially change, it may be time to discuss a price reduction. Your house may have some unique features that may not be what the majority of Buyers would prefer. When that’s the case, the price per square foot or looking at similar homes without the unique feature may not matter if it keeps people from paying what it would otherwise be worth. Oh, and patience never hurt either – with the sale of the house and the kids!
Michelle Froedge is a residential Realtor and Principal Broker in the Greater Nashville and Williamson County areas of Tennessee. “Mom” to four-legged fur baby, Tyler, Auntie to Zelamie, she is a vegetarian and sings in her spare time. Michelle has lived in Nashville and Franklin since 1997 and has been selling homes since 2004.