ORLANDO, Fla. – Potential homebuyers are guests when they tour a home for sale, so what etiquette rules should home sellers follow? No matter how nice the home is, a seller’s behavior can also affect how buyers feel about making an offer.
Realtor.com recently offered sellers a few tips:
- Don’t stay for showings. Homeowners who lurk around during an open house or showing can unnerve buyers. If buyers feel uncomfortable, they’re not as likely to linger or to begin to picture themselves living there.
- Keep cars out of the way. Sellers should make it easy for visitors to park and view the home. No one likes parking issues. Having them is a sure way to get a home viewing off to a bad start.
- Take pets with you. Not everyone likes pets. What’s more, some homebuyers have allergies and a pet could make them sick. If you can’t take your pet with you while the house is being shown, be sure to keep them crated or contained – and make sure the Realtor showing the home is aware of the circumstances.
- Display important documents. If questions arise while buyers are on the premises, it may help them decide to put in an offer that much faster if they can find answers quickly and in writing. In an easy-to-find spot, put out the home inspection report, appraisal, home warranty, monthly bill information – gas, oil, electric – and proof of any major repairs. They’re all good things to let people look through when they are considering buying your home.”
- Have refreshments available. House hunters can get hungry and thirsty. They’ll be grateful for a few light, easy and portable refreshments like mints or cookies. Putting out a few small bottled waters in a bowl of ice is always appreciated, too. Plus, it will help make your home memorable!
- Be patient waiting for feedback. Buyers often want to process what they’ve seen and think it over before making an offer. Don’t worry – when an offer comes through, you’ll certainly hear about it.
- Don’t be stubborn. Of course sellers want top dollar for their homes, but those who aren’t willing to negotiate often are likely to see their homes linger on the market. Keep the end result in mind – the sale of your home – and be willing to negotiate a possible deal that works for you and the buyer.
- Listen to the professionals. If your Realtor has some suggestions for improvements that may help sell your home faster, take them to heart but don’t take them personally. That licensed, trained professional has experience to draw from – and you’re both working for the best possible end result – the sale of your home.