Let’s face it…we all have them. They could be something pretty trivial to someone else, but to you it’s like nails down a chalkboard. I’m talking about pet peeves. Everyone’s list is different, almost like snowflakes, but will drive us equal amounts of crazy. Every facet of life, from personal to professional, has something that bothers you and the real estate world is no different. But today I will be focusing this most irritating of subjects on the things sellers do that will completely make a realtor bonkers.
A realtor understands that you love your home. You wouldn’t have lived there in the first place if you hadn’t. And over time you have made improvements on your home in order to cater to your needs, and they all nothing short of fantastic. There is no amount of money that could replace the memories you’ve created within it, but you’ve actually figured out a price you can take to part with it. Your realtor gets it and will be doing their best to get you what you’ve asked for. But there are a few things you must not do in order to get everything you’ve hoped. Nothing absurd, think of them as “etiquette suggestions”.
Don’t be greedy. Your realtor is there to help you list your home with a reasonable price based on the market around you. Your added amenities are great and will be taken into consideration, but being too greedy will only scare off prospective buyers and slow down your selling process. In fact, some of the things you may think of as improvements may not seem like improvements to the buyer. For example, a buyer won’t be as thrilled about the wall-to-wall carpeting and accent walls when they prefer wood flooring and monochromatic walls. So stick with what you and your realtor have decided. Just because the Jones’s home is being sold for more, doesn’t mean you need to up your price too. How do you know THEY aren’t asking for too much? Trust your professional.
Speaking of inflated ideas, another definite no-no is promising to do repairs, then reneging on them. Having to go back to a buyer to explain why you aren’t going to be doing something they may have used to construct their offer is never fun. Mistakes like this can cause you to lose the sale altogether if the buyer was counting on it. So if you are planning on doing any repairs, just do them and have them done ahead of time. Being upfront with everything is the best policy for everyone involved. These repairs may even add more to the price if the buyer knows they are complete and won’t have to worry about that extra expense in the end.
When it comes to showings, nothing irks a realtor more than a messy house. Sure, you have it staged and the pictures turned out fabulous. But if you just go back to your typical life habits afterward, a prospective buyer may shy away from looking further. Know that if you put your home on the market, you are now in a sort of showroom until it sells. Live in your house, but keep things tidy. And don’t mistake tidy for hidden away. Buyers want to see what kind of storage they are buying and will have a look at not only the surfaces and hardware, but also the depths of the nooks and crannies. Things falling out of them once opened is not a good look.
During the time a realtor is hired, they are there to do a job for you. You are not a supervisor. So when there is a showing, leave. Not only do you make prospective buyers uncomfortable as they intrude into your living space, but you will also undercut the realtor’s selling points and agenda. They are the professional. They know what parts of your home to show off and what to stay away from. You may think you are your home’s best salesman, but chances are, you can do more harm than good. So take a walk, go have something to eat, anything. Leave the selling to the pro you just hired. And when they are finished, let them contact you with any results or need that may arise. You are not their only client, and their life doesn’t revolve around you. Trying to contact them incessantly isn’t going to sell your home any quicker. Your trust in them that they will do a fantastic job for you is key to the smoothest selling scenario.
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