Sellers go all out for home showings

Life happens, especially during the summer in sunny Southern California. 

You’ve got beach days, neighborhood barbecues, and pool parties. When you finally clear a two-hour window to look at houses you might want to live in, your Realtor gets busy setting up the showings, launching a flurry of activity. 

Here’s an example of efforts made to ensure you have the best possible experience on your home shopping tour.

The McCoys have two kids, two dogs, a cat, a rat, and a snake. When they agree to make their house available for your showing between 10 and 10:30 Saturday morning, Mr. McCoy packs up the SUV at 9:30 with the two dogs to take their youngest child her tennis lesson, during which he will walk the dogs. He’s packed water for everyone, doggie disposal bags and sunscreen.

Meanwhile, Mrs. McCoy is busy wrangling the cat into her carrying case to secure her in the air conditioned office, careful to clean out her litter box and stash it in the garage. 

She then runs the Swiffer across the high-end, wood-like laminate flooring, whisks the rat cage into the garage next to the kitty litter box, then packs up the other SUV with their eldest child, water and snacks and leaves for the volleyball tournament at 9:45. Before leaving, she sets the AC to a comfortable 72 degrees, turning on all the lights, and setting the flat-screen TV in the family room to the classical music station.

The Hatfields live in the house you’ll be visiting from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Their family includes two grandparents, two parents and two grandchildren. 

To be on time, the grandmother gets the baby boy up from his morning nap a little bit early, so he’s fussy. But she finesses him into the baby carrier nonetheless. 

Grandpa is busy making the beds and pulling out the pillows and quilts his agent provided to stage the bedrooms, which he keeps in the closet until a showing is scheduled. 

Mom is packing water, diapers and snacks with big sister’s help, while dad is putting the stroller, car seats and beach chairs in the minivan. As mom and grandma start arranging the kids in their car seats, dad and grandpa take out the trash, turn on all the lights and set the TV to “Moving Art” on Netflix. 

Then away they all go at 10:20 for a morning at the beach.

Meanwhile, the Smiths leap into action for your visit to their house from 11 to 11:30 a.m.

Mr. Smith arrives from the airport, where he just picked up their eldest daughter, who is returning from her college summer session in Heidelberg. 

She takes a quick shower, makes sure the shower walls are squeegeed before finding something clean to wear, then throws the clothes from her suitcase into the laundry room hamper, makes her bed, and makes sure the toilet seat is down. She also tidies up three other bedrooms and bathrooms. 

Mrs. Smith is cleaning up from breakfast, regretting her choice to make bacon and eggs instead of Eggo waffles. From the kitchen, she calls out urgent reminders to the twins that they must be dressed, with their teeth and hair brushed, so they’ll be ready for their 10:45 departure. 

She picks up the movie tickets for the 11:15 matinee she printed from Fandango before joining the rest of the family in the Ford Flex.

Please don’t call your agent at 9 a.m. Saturday to cancel your showings. The wave of disappointment that will create is wider than you might imagine.

I'm Leslie Eskildsen, Realtor.


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