You take pride in your home. So, when you put it up for sale, you want to show potential buyers all the great features that make your property so appealing. But is playing host and guiding buyers through your home a good idea? Usually not.
When a potential buyer sees your property – either during a viewing or an open house – the buyer wants to feel free to look around, ponder each room, look at things with a critical eye, and ask candid questions of the Realtor. If you’re there, the buyer may not feel comfortable doing any of that. In addition, buyers want to envision themselves living in the house, but if you host the tour they are constantly reminded that it is your home. Consequently, they might not develop an interest in buying your property!
So playing host, no matter how good your intentions, will likely result in more lost selling opportunities than you will gain.
If possible, always make sure you’re out of the house during a showing. You can run an errand or take your family to the park.