Most real estate agents prefer showing houses to potential buyers without the homeowners being there. If you list your property for sale, this means that you will need to leave whenever agents schedule showings, and there are several different things you should plan out for these times. Here are several important details to plan before your agent schedules showings.

What you will do with your pets

If you have a dog or cat, you should not leave it running free while showings take place. Instead, you will need to figure out a place to put it while the showings are occurring, and this is an important detail to plan for in advance. You might be able to put the animal in a cage in your garage or basement. While this might be slightly distracting to potential buyers, it will be a lot better than having a pet running free in your home. Another idea is to take your pet with you, and this option can work out good if you have somewhere you can go that allows you to have a pet. One other option is to ask a neighbor to watch your pet when you have showings.

Where you will go

A second thing to consider planning for your showings is where you will go when they are taking place. If you do not have this planned, you might end up really bored when you have to leave your house, or you could end up at a shopping mall spending money you hadn't planned on spending. If you have time to think about this, you might be able to make a list of errands you need to run, and you could complete those during the showings. Other options include visiting relatives, going out for dinner, or sitting at a park enjoying the weather.

What you should do just before you leave your home

You should also think about what last-minute things you should do right before you leave your home for the showings. For example, you might want to open up all your blinds before you leave so your home is brighter. Another example is quickly putting away clutter that you find around your house. You may want to make a list of things like this so you can remember to do all these things before each showing.

Every showing is important when trying to sell your home, and planning for these is important. Your real estate agent can help you plan for showings and can help you prepare your home for sale. If you have questions, ask your agent.