Why I Ask for 30 Minutes Notice

avatarthumbnail.jpgWhen you’re selling your home, you essentially are not allowed to have a life. Your home needs to be showing ready at all points in time and you need to be able to vacate on a moment’s notice so someone else can look through your closets and drawers.

Of course, that’s not always a possibility. Such as those moments when you’ve just come home from the gym and are in the process of hitting the showers.

Which brings me to yesterday’s timeline:

  • 12:35 p.m. – Message left by agent asking to show home between 1 and 1:30.
  • 12:59 p.m. – Time I’m able to listen to message because I was in the midst of another appointment and couldn’t break away – one of the rare times I won’t answer my phone.
  • 1 p.m. – Time I call the agent back to discover that at …
  • 12:54 p.m. – Agent already had opened lockbox and was on his way to discovering my seller walking into the shower.

There are times when it’s almost impossible to figure out what time you’re going to get to a house. More often than not, the timing gets squirrely at the end of the day and not with the very first showing.

What are you to do if you’re a seller caught in this situation? I guess the answer might be “grin and bare it.” And hope that there’s a towel in reach.

And if you’re an agent? Maybe move a showing to the end of the list until you’re sure it’s absolutely safe to show. Just an idea.

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Jonathan Dalton

Jonathan Dalton is a 40-plus-year resident of the Valley and has been helping folks buy and sell homes since 2004. He can be reached at 602-502-9693 or info at allphoenixrealestate.com.