With housing demand being so high in the Nashville market and inventory being low, conditions are prime for current homeowner’s to fare favorably in the sale of their home. As a result of market conditions many sellers forget to be courteous towards buyers interested in their home. Below I have listed a few ways in which sellers can be more compliant, courteous, and considerate.
- Hide the stripper pole. A couple of weeks ago I took a couple out for a tour of homes. They were new clients looking for their first home and this was our first time out together. It was a typical tour of homes and nothing out of the ordinary was happening until we got to the third home. When we walked into the bonus room and I immediately noticed a stripper pole in the middle of the room. The husband turns to me and asks if the pole was a structural component, if it was holding the ceiling up. Thoughts raced through my mind on how to best answer this question, but fortunately the wife beat me to the punch by telling him that it was a stripper pole and that it could be removed. We all had a good laugh and I realized that sometimes it is not enough to tell seller’s to maintain a clean, tidy, de-cluttered home, but it is also important to remind them to keep personal items out of sight.
- Have a good plan for pets. My clients were very interested in a Green Hills home so I called to make an appointment to see the home. I was told that there was a “friendly” lose dog in the home and to be careful not to let him out. When we arrived at the house I warned my clients, but as dog-lovers they were comfortable going into the house. I open the door and we walk into the living room. In one corner was a very frightened medium sized dog barking and growling at us. He kept getting closer and showing us his very large and pointy teeth so we decided to leave the house. Your pets may be generally friendly and calm but you do not know how they will react when they see strangers in their home. The best policy is to have a plan for your pets to be out of the house for showings. If this cannot happen they should be crated or somehow contained.
- Leave the home as you would like to receive it. A week ago a client of mine purchased a fairly new home in Germantown. It is customary that before the closing we conduct a final walkthrough. My client was terribly excited to walk through his new home. To my dismay, we opened the door and found a very dirty, smelly house. The sellers had not taken the time to clean the home when they moved out and they even left some of their unwanted belongings behind. This was certainly a buzz killer for my client whose excitement had now turned into figuring out how to remove the large, heavy items they decided to gift him. My advice to all my sellers is to have the home professionally cleaned after they vacate. Do not leave your junk behind and if you want to be extra nice leave a note with any useful information for the new owner.
Operating in a thriving seller’s market should not make us forget to mind our manners and to make it a pleasant experience for all parties involved. Being a courteous seller will only add to your good karma pot.
(Originally published for 12th&Broad: 4/22/15)