you're reading...

How to Have a Successful Last Minute Showing

So you’re enjoying a peaceful afternoon, when suddenly your phone starts to ring. It’s your Realtor, she is bringing a client for a showing, oh and they’ll be there in twenty minutes. No problem, other than your house is a complete wreck. So you scramble, clutter up the house a little more by accident, and jettison out, leaving it unnoticeably cleaner.

Last minute showings happen all the time, and if you want to successfully sell your house, you have to be prepared for them. So here are a few tips to succeeding, despite a last minute showing.

First, you should keep a stylish or good looking trunk that works with your furniture in every room. This way, you and your family can toss all your clutter in them and easily deal with it later. It’s a mess in there, but it’s better than a messy room.

Next you should make sure all of the surfaces are wiped down with a non smelly cleaner, and replace all the dirty dish, bath, hand, and face towels with fresh ones. You can do this by keeping clean towels on standby somewhere in the house. When you’re done cleaning, run and grab those new ones.

After that, dash to your medicine cabinet, and straighten it out. It’s rude to look in someone’s medicine cabinet, but we do it anyway. So clean it up a tad, and be sure to remove and personal or weird items from the drawers of the bathroom and medicine cabinet. It might even be smart to keep the weird personal stuff in a bag to quickly grab and/or hide when you go to leave. It’s weird, but people will look through them.

So you’re all cleaned up, now what? Run around the house and turn on all the lights. This will give the house a warm welcoming glow, especially if its rooms without good light from windows. Lots of light not only show buyers all the good features, but it also unmasks imperfections. Use the proper discretion with your lights.

Lastly make sure you have an escape plan for you and your kids (if you have them). This will allow you to get out of the house as quickly as possible without disrupting the buyers. Build rapport with a neighbor, (bake them cookies or something) and see if you can stay with them during showings.  If you have kids, and the day is nice, maybe take the buggers to a park. It’ll keep them entertained, and you can relax in the cool breeze as you wait for the showing to be over.

Do these things and you should leave a good looking clean house with ten minutes to spare! If you want, it might be a good idea to practice in the event you only have a few minutes. This way you’ll be sure to finish on time.

If you have any questions about selling your home, or perhaps scheduling a last minute showing of your own, don’t hesitate to call National Realty Group (951) 684-2600 or visit Oh and don’t forget to like us at


About National Realty Group

National Realty Group was founded in October 1991 by Jeff Maas. It started as a two man office but soon grew to a medium sized office. One of the original agents formed a new home development company soon after. Steven Walker Homes is now a large national home builder. Southfork Mortgage Company Corp. was founded in April 1990 by the owner of a large home builder. Jeff Maas stepped in as its Broker in September 1993. With the help of Jeff Evens, Jeff Maas was able to expand the company. In July 1994, the owner of Southfork retired and Jeff Maas and Jeff Evens purchased the company. They continued the growth and soon built it into a multi-million dollar corporation. National Realty Group remained separate until Jeff Maas sold it to Southfork Mortgage in 1996. This allowed the owners to expand National Realty Group while allowing its agents to provide mortgage services to their clients. In 1996, a branch office of Southfork and NRG was opened in San Bernardino. It was later moved to Redlands in the most well-known office in the city. In 1998, they opened an office in Temecula in the Temecula Valley Bank office. The offices were expanded and closed 45 million in real estate and loan transactions in 1998. In 1999, Jeff Maas purchased the company from Jeff Evens becoming sole owner and broker. Shortly after the name was changed to National One Mortgage Corp. The company outgrew its 3000 square foot office in Riversideand moved to a building of approximately 6000 square feet. The growth continued at a spectacular rate. The company grew to over 40 agents within one year. The expansion continued with the addition of 2800 square feet and later adding more space for a combined total of nearly 13,000 square feet. At our peak we had over 125 agents and 12 employees in the Riverside office alone. During the summer of 2003, we opened an office in Temecula at the corner of Rancho California and Margarita. This office was soon bursting at the seams with 42 agents and 3 full time employees. Due to the increased demand for our unique programs, by the public and real estate agents, offices were opened in Corona and Ontario in early 2005. The year saw more amazing growth with offices opening in Moreno Valley, Hemet, Las Vegas and Norco. Rancho Cucamonga and Phoenix opened the first part of 2006. A Murrieta office opened summer of 2007. The economy has not been kind to many real estate and mortgage companies. We have remained strong and successful. Our business model of a One-Stop Shop provides the exact service and convenience the Home-Buying public desires and needs.



  1. Pingback: 6 Selling Mistakes to Avoid | National Realty Group - January 30, 2016

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s


RSS National Realty Group RSS

  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.
%d bloggers like this: