January 29, 2016

8 Unwritten Etiquette Rules Every Home Seller Should Know

shutterstock_56496355If you want to sell your home, you need to scrutinize it,  stage it, and scrub it down as if the folks from Architectural Digest were stopping by for a cover shoot.  Sprucing up the home is just one factor of the home selling process.

Here are some other areas sellers should follow to show their home—and themselves—in the best possible light.

Leave
Althought it is tempting to stick around when prospective buyers are looking, but buyers need space and time.   Sellers should not be there lurking in the shadows during an open house or showing.

Buyers don’t feel as comfortable when the owner is at the home watching their every move.  Get out of their way so that they can start to picture themselves living there instead of being spied on

Consider your pets
While we all love our pets, not everyone may share that opinion.   In addition to having allergies, some home shoppers may not like confronting an animal they don’t know.   It’s also stressful for your pet.   Take your pets with you when having an open house or showing if at all possible.

Leave brochures or flyers out
If questions arise while buyers are on the premises, having a flyer or brochure detailing the features of your home may help them make the decision.

Be patient waiting for feedback
Of course you want to know what buyers thought of your home, but that information may not flow back to you instantaneously.  Buyers often want to process what they’ve seen and think it over before making an offer.

“It is reasonable to ask for feedback from your Realtor after the showing, but understand it may take a day or two for the buyer’s agent to respond,” Hayward says.

Don’t be greedy
Who doesn’t want top dollar for their home? But an unwillingness to negotiate can kill a possible deal and keep your home on the market long after you were hoping to be unpacking at your new place.

“Focusing on your bottom line is always important, but greed can lead to disaster. Remember a little of something is better than a lot of nothing. Generosity will lead you to your promise land,” says Josh Myler, a REALTOR with The Agency.

Listen to your agent
Your agent may have some suggestions for improvements.   Listen to them and don’t take suggestions personal.    Keep emotions out and listen to what a licensed, trained, professional has to say about the house. Your agent’s suggestions are aimed to getting your home sold at the highest price possible.

 

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