Today I want to answer some questions you might’ve been afraid to ask your Realtor during a showing.
All buyers have questions they’re afraid to ask their agent during a showing. Here are the five most common of those questions and their answers:
“If I’m looking at a home, is it okay to use their bathroom?”
No. It’s considered very rude to use someone else’s bathroom, especially if they don’t know you’ve done that. My advice is to wait and plan out your bathroom breaks if you’re going to see more than three or four homes. Ask your Realtor if you can stop at a gas station between houses.
“Is it okay to bring my coffee into the house?”
I don’t think it’s too bad if you bring coffee in, especially if you have a lid on your cup. Just remember that you can always have an accident, and you wouldn’t want to leave that on the seller’s home’s carpet. The best thing for you to do is drink your coffee in the car and leave it there. After all, your showing will only last 15 to 20 minutes.
“Is it okay to take pictures (i.e. a selfie) of the house with my phone?”
As long as you make sure to keep any personal items out of the frame. Also, please don’t post anything online—that’s someone’s personal space, and you don’t want to post that on a public website. Keep in mind, there are probably already photos of that home online on the MLS that contain anything of significance.
“Can I sit on the sofa?”
Well, it’s not your home, and it’s not your Realtor’s home, so you probably shouldn’t. If you’re inside a home that’s been staged, the furniture may just be boxes, so you wouldn’t want to sit down and fall right through it. The furniture isn’t going to be there when you buy it, so save the sitting for your own furniture.
“Is it okay to look in closets and cabinets?”
By all means! You’re there to see if the house fits you and your family, so open the doors, look in the closets and cabinets, and see if your stuff will fit. That’s what showings are for.
If you have any other questions about home showings or you’re thinking about buying or selling a home in the Wichita market, don’t hesitate to give us a call or send us an email. We’d love to help you.