Tips for Your Clients When They List Their Home

The asking price has been set, the listing contract has been signed, and the marketing is about to launch. Sellers may be feeling a mixture of excitement and anxiety and will probably look to you for guidance about what to do next. Here are some helpful tips you can give to clients when they list their home:



Secure valuables and personal information.

It will make your clients feel better to know that their prized possessions and private data are in safe places when strangers start touring their home during showing appointments and open houses.


Make a good first impression.

The time they spend cleaning up the yard and landscape and sprucing up the exterior of the home will pay dividends in curb appeal. When prospective buyers drive by the home and find the outside inviting, they’ll be much more likely to want to see the inside.


Make plans for pets during showings.

Whether your sellers decide to take pets with them during appointments, board the animals, or secure them in kennels, they need to make consistent arrangements so that the pets aren’t a distraction. Their plans should be communicated to you as well as to any agents who show the property so that everyone knows what to expect.



Suggest that sellers go ahead and pack away extra items, especially those that are displayed and in closets. Their home will look neater and more spacious for pictures and showings, and they’ll have a head start on packing when moving time comes.


Have a strategy for morning departures.

The morning rush can be stressful with a home on the market when everyone is trying to get out the door and leave the home presentable for showings. The best approach is to divide and conquer. Assigning one person to empty trash cans, another to clean kitchen countertops, and another to straighten the home, etc., spreads the labor and ensures that every task gets completed.  


Put the moving wheels in motion.

While your clients may not know their exact moving date, they can do some of the legwork to select a moving company and start the packing process. Interview movers, get estimates, gather moving supplies, and talk about general timeframes to know what to expect. Taking these steps now will save time and stress later, especially if there will be a short escrow.


Listing is also a good time to talk to your clients about the value of American Home Shield home warranty with The Seller Coverage Option. For up to six months while the home is on the market, the Seller Coverage Option includes all the home systems in American Home Shield’s popular ShieldEssentialSM Plan. Sellers receive up to $2,000 in protection for covered items during the listing period, with no money due until the home closes. ShieldEssential includes many major home systems like HVAC, electrical, and plumbing, as well as recently expanded coverage for:


  • Garage door openers
  • Ceiling fans
  • Doorbells
  • Built-in exhaust, attic, and whole house fans

The Seller Coverage Option from American Home Shield® can help lessen worry for sellers while offering budget protection and reliable repair help for covered issues. This important coverage can also be an effective negotiating tool that can help keep transactions on track. A home warranty may also help with risk mitigation after the sale, shifting any covered post-sale system issues from the seller and agent to American Home Shield. For more information, contact your American Home Shield Account Manager, or visit

AHS assumes no responsibility, and specifically disclaims all liability, for your use of any and all information contained herein.

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