Selling your home

Why show your own home?

6 May 2020 | Insights Team

At Leadhome Properties, SA’s No.1 fixed-fee estate agency, our goal is to help you sell your property AND save you ka-ching! In fact, our whole business model is about helping you sell your property 31% faster than other agencies and realise the best possible sales price by combining our technology and the expertise of our high-performance estate agents

Below, we take a good look at where agent intervention is crucial and where agents can take a step back. One such area where we’ve realised that it’s not essential for agents to be present is showing homes. Traditionally agents will show a property on behalf of the seller, however, we’ve found that having an agent show a home isn’t necessary, in fact, it’s something that you, as the seller, can do – and do extremely well.

Here are some of the reasons why it’s better that you show your own home.

You know your property

It is safe to say that you know your property better than anyone else, so when it comes to showing prospective buyers around your property, who better to do it than you? You know all the ins and outs of your property and are best equipped to answer any questions the prospective buyer may have. Showing your own property adds a personal touch to the viewing which can be the deciding factor that leads to a prospective buyer making an offer.

It is cost effective

By showing prospective buyers your property yourself, you’re eliminating the need for an agent to travel to your home to do the showing. Removing these additional costs is part of what ultimately enables us to charge you a lower fee. Use our interactive slider to calculate your savings when you show your own home. No time to show? No problem! Select our hosted Viewing Package and our skilled agents will show your home on your behalf. Fair fixed fees. Less drama.

Leadhome verifies prospective buyers to ensure your safety

Leadhome Properties verifies all prospective buyers before they are able to view your property, in order to ensure your safety. In order for a prospective buyer to book a viewing, they have to provide their valid ID number, (which is then checked against the population register through our partners at Thisisme.com), cellphone number and email address. A prospective buyer cannot view a property without first having made a booking. You, as the seller, will be emailed the prospective buyer’s ID number and are strongly encouraged to request proof of ID when the buyer arrives at the viewing.

We guide you along the way

Just because you will be showing your property yourself doesn’t mean that we aren’t with you every step of the way. Our experienced real estate agents will always be available to guide you and give you sound advice on what needs to be done. Bookings to view your property will be made through Leadhome Properties and should the prospective buyer wish to make an offer after viewing your property, our real estate agents will step in to navigate this process. 

Booking a viewing

Our real estate agents recommend that you open up your viewing calendar for a minimum of two evenings a week and two hours over the weekend, so that prospective buyers have options when choosing a time slot that suits them.

  • Viewings are booked in 15 minute intervals.
  • Prospective buyers will then book a viewing a day in advance through Leadhome Properties, either online or via our team of property advisors, in order to give you enough time to prepare.
  • Prospective buyers are verified by Leadhome Properties before they are able to book a viewing, to ensure your safety.
  • Once a viewing has been booked you will receive an SMS and email from Leadhome Properties confirming the viewing.
  • The prospective buyer will then arrive for the viewing and you will need to walk them through your property and answer any questions they may have.

So, all that’s left to do is to clean your home so it shines, lock away your valuables, neaten your garden, open your curtains and windows to let the sunshine in and show your property to prospective buyers like a pro.

Gain the competitive edge

Are you planning to sell? Need to book a home valuation or obtain sound advice on how to get your property sale-ready? Browse our Seller Guides for more information.

Or are you looking to buy a home? Search our latest property listings or read What to Look for When Buying a House or browse our Buying Guides, packed full of essential information.

Call Leadhome Properties: +27 (0)10 590 3088

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Insights Team

We're the "thinking arm" of Leadhome, combining expertise in data analysis, modelling, sociology, geography, and philosophy to interrogate current trends in the South African residential property market. Proudly contemplative since 2015.

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