Selling a Nashville Home: FAQ
Should I be present when my house is being shown?
No, it is preferable for you to be absent for showings so prospective buyers can feel free to explore your home and see if it is a good fit for them. Buyers find it much easier to get comfortable at a showing when the seller is not present.
Should I volunteer information about my home to buyers?
No, if you are asked questions about your home, of course, be truthful, but do not try and sell your home while buyers are present. You may end up sounding like a desperate home seller. Avoid discussions and above all any negotiations when you’re face-to-face with buyers. Be friendly, and explain that you will have to discuss any offers with your agent.
Does my house have to be in showing condition at all times?
It is preferable! You never know when that particular buyer may show up and be turned off by your home because you left dirty clothes on the floor, dishes in the sink, or recycling on the stairwell. Some buyers cannot see past clutter or untidiness and will walk away from a home that is not in showing condition.
Should I let someone in who drives by unannounced and asks to see my house?
No, for your own personal security, do not show your home to anyone you do not know.
Can I leave my pets at home when my house is being shown to potential buyers?
Pets that pose no potential adversity to strangers entering your home or yard are okay. Any animal that may be even slightly dangerous, excessively noisy, hyper active, or maintain unpleasant odors should be confined to an area outside of the home. If possible, make arrangements for your animal friends to stay elsewhere during showing hours. Remember, you do not want buyers to associate your home with a grouchy cat or an overly-protective dog.
What about my valuables?
It is a good idea to not leave valuables lying about your home. Always put jewelry, money and small collectibles away in a safe place.
What happens at closing when selling a home?
You bring the keys to your home for the buyers and you will receive any proceeds check in exchange.
How should I leave my house for the new buyers?
The buyers and their agent will conduct a final walk-through. The home must be in as good a condition as it was when they previously saw it. If any repairs were made, they will be checking them. The home must be left in broom-clean condition. Any new problems and the buyers can hold up the closing until they are addressed (such as a hole in the wall from the moving company’s carelessness).