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Commonly Asked Questions

Showings & Open Houses

Your RE/MAX Allegiance listing agent will give you as much advance notice as possible when a prospective buyer wants to tour your home. Similarly, other agents who are part of the Multiple Listing Service will make appointments in advance through your listing associate (or directly with you if that's custom in your market).

However, it is recommended that your home be ready to show at all times. Before a showing, you'll want to:

  • Turn on all lights, even during the daytime, including outside entrance, closet, basement and attic lights. In addition, open all drapes and blinds.
  • Turn off the television, stereo and radio (easy listening music is OK).
  • Build a fire in the fireplace if in season. If not in season, make sure the fireplace is clean.
  • Place pets in a fenced yard or ask friends to keep them, at least during an open house (some people are allergic to or afraid of animals).
  • Repair any damage caused by pets and check for pet odor.
  • Display an arrangement of fresh flowers, hang decorative hand towels in the bathroom, and place an attractive tablecloth on the dining room table.
  • Clean windows and mirrors.
  • Clean the kitchen and bathrooms.
  • Leave when your home is being shown, if possible.
  • Find something to do away from your home during the time of the showing. The presence of an owner makes some buyers uncomfortable. They tend to hurry or fail to ask questions. If you must remain, be courteous, but don't feel the need to make conversation. The buyer's REALTOR® knows the buyer's needs so let him or her discuss home features and answer questions.

In the event a buyer just drops by and is not accompanied by an agent, it is best not to show your home. Ask for the prospect's name and phone number and inform them you'll give it to your RE/MAX Allegiance listing agent. S/he is trained to screen calls so you do not waste time showing your home to someone who is not qualified to purchase it.