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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Home Buyer Tips: What not to do when viewing homes for sale.

Courtesy is not just for church, dates and social gatherings.  Courtesy should also be present when shopping for a home.

Here are a few suggestions for those looking at homes.  Many are common sense and are included in advice provided by their real estate agent.  Still, sometimes the message never quite makes it.
  • Show up.  Selling a home is disruptive to daily routines and lives.   This is understander able.  Sellers leave, take a walk with the dogs.  
  • Show up (Part Two).  Show up and be punctual. 
  • Hands off!  Don't touch personal belongings of the seller.  There is no reason to pick up anything.
  • Hands off (Part Two).  Don't open open drawers in bedrooms, bathrooms, desks, etc.  Don't open cabinets.
  • Don't expect perfection.   Most properties are not perfect.  There will likely be flaws - especially if a home has been lived in for any time.
    The paint colors, flooring and the gawd awful wallpaper (yes, it is out there) will likely not be your preference.
  • Honor Requests.    Sellers often make small requests such as remove shoes upon entering or don't let the cat out.  These are not major inconveniences and should be honored.  Of course I often recommend sellers provide "booties covers" so the shoe issue is minimized.
  • Limit trips.  Once a house is under contract there will be reasons to come back. There will be inspections.  There will be a final walk through before closing.   In the interim, limit trips to measure, take pictures,etc. What is the old saying about a bad penny always returns
Buying and selling a home can be is stressful.  Courtesy and respect shown to all - all the way to the closing table - will make for a more pleasant experience.

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