There are a lot of rules to real estate transactions. Legal ones, mostly. However, there is an etiquette to the whole thing, as well. It’s so easy to get caught up in thoughts of pricing and negotiations, that it can be hard to remember your basic manners when selling your home. So, we’ve put together this list of 5 rules of etiquette for sellers.
I know it can be tempting to stay and tell buyers about all the reasons you love your home or improvements you’ve made but it’s always best that you’re not there for showings. Allowing buyers space to view the home, without you hovering, gives them a better opportunity to picture themselves living there.
You probably did a deep cleaning when you decided to list your house for sale. On the days you have showings, do a quick sweep through the house to make sure things are in order and still looking nice. Weather permitting, open a window or two to allow some fresh air in.
The less bodies in the house the better
We’ve already established that it’s best for you to not be home during showings. The same is true for your fur-babies. Remove your pets from the home or at least put them in a kennel. Keep in mind buyers may have allergies or fears of certain pets – it’s nothing personal but may be distracting enough to keep a buyer from feeling at home.
Money, money, money
Every seller hopes to get the most money out of their house, however, sometimes they’ve set their sights too high. While we may still be in a “seller’s market” it’s important to be realistic when pricing your home. Plus, pricing your home a little lower may just get you multiple offers and a bidding war.
Listen to your realtor
When it comes to pricing a house, repairs and negotiating, chances are your realtor has done this before. After all, that’s why you hired them, right? So, if they have suggestions, even if they’re not exactly what you wanted to hear, at least consider them and remember not to take things too personally.
We’re not denying that the process of selling your home can be stressful. It’s easy to get lost in all the legal ins and outs of it but remember these tips and don’t lose your manners in the meantime!