When a potential buyer views your home, it’s advisable that you not be there. That makes it easier for buyers to explore your home (without feeling like intruders) and imagine themselves living there.

But what if that’s not possible for a particular viewing appointment? If you absolutely cannot get away — even for a few minutes — there are some things you can do to ensure things go well.

First of all, give the buyers space. Yes, it’s okay to briefly greet them, but then retreat to one area of the home and let the buyers roam freely.

You can also offer to answer any questions they have about your home and the surrounding area. In fact, the buyers might appreciate that. Just resist slipping into a sales pitch. Instead, provide straightforward answers.

Of course, the condition of your home always plays an important role. Ensure it’s clean, tidy, and well-staged. If you have any pets that will be there during the viewing, make sure they don’t interfere with the buyers. Not everyone is a pet lover!

Ideally you can find some way to be out of the home while the buyers view it. Even stepping out for just a few moments can make a big difference. But, if you can’t, these tips will help make the best possible experience for buyers.