Aside from all of the other advice that I would offer to a home owner attempting to either sell or rent their home to prospective buyers or tenants, one of the most important things you can do is simply get out of the way.
“That was awkward!” An exclamation from one of my clients as we toured a home alongside the owner, who simply wouldn’t leave to allow us to shop. How many of us cringe when we’re approached by sales people who want to know if they can help us find anything. It’s Walmart. I think I can figure it out. Please go away so I can comment on your selection of products in peace.
The same goes for homes that are on the market. If a prospective buyer isn’t given the opportunity to make comments on the house freely without fear of judgment from the seller (truth is, most buyers don’t want to offend the home-owner) then it’s likely they’ll leave the house and move on to the next one.
While showing a newly listed rental to a prospective tenant recently, the previous tenant’s mother met us at the property and proceeded to walk us through the house, commenting on the house from her perspective, which, according to my client, indicated that her tastes were completely different than theirs.
It’s an absolutely horrible idea to be in your home when prospective buyers or tenants are there to consider it as their next residence. Do yourself a favor the next time you have your home on the market. Make the buyers and tenants comfortable by removing yourself and your pets from the premises. It’s one of the key elements to making a good first impression.