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Why Showings Still Matter

We all know it's never been easier to look at listings online. This is especially the case if you've ever used any of Baird & Warner's exclusive search tools. But, once you get serious about your house hunt, there is no substitute for the real deal. A showing is the perfect way to test-drive a property to see if it feels like home. And, if you're a seller, it's the ideal chance to match your home with its next owner. Here are a few ways to maximize the opportunities that a showing provides.

Tips for Sellers

Keep the Photos Up

To appeal to the broadest range of buyers, it's tempting to remove any traces of your personality from your home, but don't put all those photos in a drawer quite yet. Keep some personal artifacts around to give your home a human touch so buyers can envision themselves living there.

Declutter – Just Not Too Much

This is your home – but not for long – so go easy on the lived-in look. Leave small appliances on the countertops so potential buyers have a sense of what will work for the space. But do curb clutter by storing toys in a bin, keeping the entryway clear of shoes, and tidying things up overall.

Tips for Buyers

Try It On For Size

To start, take full advantage of the showing by testing everyday items you can only assess in person, like water pressure, traffic flow and sound proofing – can you hear too much through the walls? Absorb the layout and room sizes, picturing where furniture would go. Most importantly, pick up on any nuances while touring the home, and trust your gut because it's true that you'll know it when you see it.

Ask For a Neighborhood Primer

It's smart to do your own homework, but ask for neighborhood insights only someone living there would know. Sometimes, a showing will have a tip sheet listing the nearest parks, schools and the location of public transportation. This could be not just your new home, but also your new neighborhood, so it's important to know details beyond the home itself.

Baird & Warner's Texting Solution

Finding out more about the home you just drove past is as easy as sending a quick text message – just be sure to pull over first. Baird & Warner's Texting Solution lets you simply text “BW” to 59559 for any home, listed by any broker or company across Chicagoland, and receive real-time details on the property, including interior photos.

Congratulations to Key Mortgage Services

Congratulations to Key Mortgage Services – Baird & Warner's mortgage partner – for being named a Top 10 Mortgage Employer in the Midwest for a second year in a row by National Mortgage Professional magazine. Key Mortgage won rave reviews from readers on an array of topics, including access to technology, compensation, corporate culture, marketing support, and innovation. When it comes to home financing, we work with the best!

Jeff Coros  
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