Believe it or not, there is an etiquette to buying and selling a
home, some unwritten rules that we would love to share with you to make the
process easier for all involved.
Money - do you know how you intend on buying this property?
If you have not spoken to a lender yet or gathered all the money under
your mattress, please do not look for a house. You need to make sure you
have what it takes to purchase real estate. We can recommend a lender to
you and it's a quick process that will not slow you down.
Time - Realtors and Sellers do not have all the time in the world
so please show up on time for your scheduled showing or call us at least an
hour ahead of time if you are going to be late. We usually have other
appointments to get to and the owners would love to return to their home as
soon as they can. Do not linger through rooms and study family pictures.
Take a quick look and see if this is a house that can stay on your short
list to return to for a 2nd showing.
Children - kids are very excited to look at homes and explore and
investigate but owners do not like returning to their homes with beds out of
order and things moved around on dressers. Please do not let your children
terrorize the cat or pull the fish out the tank and please keep them close to
you during the showing.
Just Looking? - Again, Realtors are very busy and always go, go,
go. It is very upsetting to tell an owner that the person they just spent
8 hours cleaning their house for is only looking or not planning on buying for
a few years. Please know your plans and be courteous when scheduling a
showing to see a house.
More Photos? - Realtors usually take pictures of every room for
their advertising online and some owners get very uneasy when a prospect starts
taking pictures of their home or belongings. Please ask the Realtor for
permission before snapping more photos of the property.
Disclosure - Too much information is appreciated! We want to
know about the leak in the roof or the toilet that doesn't flush. We want
to know that you are 6 months behind on your payments. When you list the
property, please tell us everything about your life in the home and experiences
you have had with repairs and mortgage payments and neighbors. We don't
want any surprises when the inspection takes place.
Honesty - Be honest with us on your plans. We have had
sellers back out of a contract at the last minute because they decided to stay
in the house. Make sure that you want to sell before we spend the time to
advertise and market the property and offer it to buyers.
What Stays? - Make sure to tell us about a light fixture that
doesn't stay or the curtains and blinds. Anything attached to the
property is supposed to stay upon closing so we need to know your plans before
we start showing the property.