There are several good reasons for homeowners to make themselves scarce when potential buyers come to view their house. While one motivation is avoiding problematic comments, there are other benefits to giving prospective buyers space during showings.
For one, an empty home allows potential buyers to envision themselves living there. With the sellers out of the way, buyers can move freely through the rooms and picture where their own furniture and belongings could go. An unoccupied house becomes a blank canvas for buyers to mentally customize to their own lifestyle and needs.
Leaving also allows buyers privacy to discuss their impressions and point out pros and cons to each other candidly. They may feel more comfortable critiquing elements of the home or debating if it meets their wish list when the sellers are not present. This facilitates an open dialogue between potential buyers.
Finally, an empty house also provides a neutral atmosphere for buyers to evaluate it objectively, without sellers unconsciously influencing their perspectives. Buyers can take their time forming their own opinions when touring alone, without chatting with sellers or feeling pressured in any way.
Vacant showings also enable buyers to visualize a future there, speak freely, and decide independently. These benefits make it advisable for sellers to make themselves scarce during viewings.