As a seller you want to make your home as accessible as possible for buyers to look at your home & property. I tried to show an acreage property today but was stopped by the huge lock you see at the right in the picture. I was told the gate code by the showing service but when I plugged in the code it did not work. I glanced to the right and as you can see a big chain stopped it from working. I called the listing agent and she said "he has not taken that lock off yet". She told me if we wanted to see the house we would have to jump the fence. I guess she showed it herself recently and that was what she had to do. We were not comfortable with jumping someone's fence to look at a house so had to forego the appointment. I am amazed that a seller would make it so difficult to show their home.
This is just one instance of what not to do to show your house. This is my first time to be blocked by a lock but I have had keys that don't fit or no key in the lock box. In this instance my buyer really wants to see this property so we are going to go back once we hear that the lock has been taken off or at least a key for it has been left in the keybox. The seller has made it very inconvenient for us though.
The curb appeal is the first thing you see when you drive up to a house and you want to make your home as inviting as possible. A huge chain with a lock is not the type of inviting I am talking about. This home was in a wonderful neighborhood but when you see a chain like this it makes a buyer start second guessing just what kind of neighborhood this is.
To make your home more appealing for that important first impression (beyond making sure you are not locking your buyers out) you might also consider painting the front door, clearing debris or toys from the yard, planting some pretty flowers (in our area we can do that all year) and making sure the yard is mowed on a regular basis.
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