Posted by: Nick Fundytus
We’re about to put our house on the market. I’m looking for some advice wrt what’s customary when prospective buyers swing by to view our house.
Pardon my ignorance. We’ve immigrated a few years ago and have no idea what’s customary when prospective buyers are shown a listed house.
We had been living in our RV while our house had been built, so we had never been to view houses ourselves and don’t know what’s expected from the selling party.
Our RE agent made it clear that prospective buyers expect us to not be present during viewings and that we should expect that they would open drawers, cabinets and closets as they wish (also in our bedroom). We don’t plan on doing open houses, but our RE agent also informed us that we should be OK with prospective buyers exploring our house without being supervised by their RE agent.
Would appreciate your insights on this.
In short, Buyers should be supervised by their Realtor when viewing a home. In practice, this means that 99.9% of the time the Buyers can be trusted (as any adult in your home should be) to treat it with respect and not to damage anything or get into areas that should be private and unrelated to the sale, like a drawer in your bedroom or your medicine cabinet. Unfortunately, that small percentage of bad actors that mean that you should take sensible precautions.
Some of the potential risks are:
Some of the ways for to lessen these risks and their impact to you are:
Good luck on the sale!
Source: I’m a Realtor in Ottawa, Ontario. My team employs a lot of these tactics on our listings and tend to follow Buyer clients around very closely unless we know them quite well.