• February 27, 2018

Where Do I Fit In?


Where Do I Fit In?

You’ve decided to sell your home, but your real estate agent told you not to be at home during any of the showings, or maybe you’re trying to sell it yourself. While it is entirely true, that sellers are better left unseen at a home showing, sometimes a seller may feel uncomfortable leaving their home full of strangers. We hope that if you hired a real estate agent, you could trust them enough to be alone in your home, but we also realize that isn’t always the case. Maybe, you aren’t a seller at all. Perhaps, you’re a house hunter. Either way, it’s important to know where you fit in and how you should act at a home showing.

For the Seller:

If you’ve hired a real estate agent and you must be at the home showing, try to make yourself as invisible as possible. Interfering in the home showing can make your home less desirable and cause buyers to dislike you. No one wants to feel pressured, and if they do, they won’t spend time deciding if they’re going to live there.

However, if you’ve decided to sell your home yourself, you may not have the luxury to be invisible. You may have to point out all the wonderful features of your home. Either way, you should always dress professionally at a home showing; this is not a time for sweats. If you want people to take you seriously, you must look the part.  You should also find another place for children and pets to be. Children and pets can make it harder for buyers to picture themselves in your home, and they can distract people from looking closely at your house.  You may also want to consider leaving refreshments and snacks for the guests and moving your car to another spot to make the buyer feel more comfortable.

For the Buyer:

Being the Buyer comes with a set of rules too. While you may not have to worry about the seller being there, you should always be conscientious of what you say. The real estate agent may repeat what he or she hears to the seller, and if you offend the seller, they will be far less likely to accept your offer.

Similarly, you should strive to keep your face and comments neutral when viewing the house. Showing that you dislike something could offend the buyer, but showing you love something could also mean less negotiation and a steeper price. Remember you want to get the best deal possible.

Another thing to keep in mind is that you should inspect the rooms closely, but you shouldn’t go rummaging through someone else’s belongings. Put yourself in the shoes of the seller and don’t go through all of their things for the sake of seeing the bottom of a drawer.

Finally, be on time. It is incredibly disrespectful to the real estate agent and to the seller to be late, and it won’t make them any more likely to accept your offer.

It may seem strange, but part of presenting your house in the best light is presenting yourself well. The above etiquette tips can be the difference between making a quick and fair sale and drawing out the process without getting the satisfaction of a good deal.

Stress is one of the largest concerns when selling a home. Staging, managing finances and documents, and simultaneously juggling the rest of your life can be completely draining. However, one thing is certain about selling your home: it’s a lot easier when you have a solid real estate agent to handle it. Remember, No-One Works Harder to Sell your Home more than Joe! Contact Joe today by calling 813-701-2030 or visit https://josephlewkowicz.com/