Words of encouragement to home sellers
Selling a home can be difficult. Here are just a few of the real challenges sellers can face.
When a showing is happening in 5 minutes, and the house is spotless. All the lights are on and the home looks great. So you put on your shoes and run into the office to take care of one more thing and you notice your shoes were full of mud. And now there is dirt all over the floor. So you run to the door, take the shoes off, clean everything and get ready to run out the door… and then you notice….
A family member just used the john. And, um, there was a big deposit made, which stinks to high heaven. OMG! Now what? You get the Febreeze out, do a few sprays, open the bathroom window, and just hope it clears out by the time the buyers get there. You hope they don’t think there is a septic problem going on.
Or you come home exactly at the end of the scheduled showing and as you pull near the house, you see the potential buyers pull in. They are obviously late, but you certainly can’t cause a scene. So you pull into a nearby road to wait for them to finish. They are in the house about 15 minutes, and they come out and stand in the driveway talking. It’s a half hour past the very latest time they were supposed to leave, you really need to use your bathroom, and they’re still chatting. I can empathize!
Or you just dusted the house TWO DAYS ago, and everything is covered in dust again. OMG, where does this stuff come from? You’ve never “Pledged” or “Windexed” this often, but you have GOT to keep on top of it. What if someone wants to see your home? It has to look perfect.
And then there’s the constant questions from family members about “where is such and such?” because in your quest to “de-clutter” you hid half your stuff away. Why would someone want olive oil? Or the toaster oven? Why would they all of a sudden need the boots they haven’t worn in six months? You can’t wait until everything is back to its normal place!
And what about that buyer feedback? You get feedback that indicates the potential buyers loved the inside of the house but hated the outside. Are they kidding? You spent years getting that yard in the shape it’s in. They have no idea how much time and effort it took to make it look as good as it does! What do they mean they don’t like it? Or the ones who love the outside but not the inside. You just spent three months “decluttering” and painting and it looks a million times better than it did! What’s not to like? Believe me, I get it!
Or you get no feedback. You had to clean the entire house and get it ready for buyers, run out for an hour to do something else, come back, and they can’t even tell you what they thought? Did they like it? Did they hate it? OMG!
Or you get yet another showing request. Wow, that’s great!!! You’re happy, so of course you say yes. And then you realize, what the heck am I going to do for another hour where I can’t be home? Another hike? Another walk? More errands? The library? What a PITA! You have to waste time doing something other than the something you’d like to be doing. How frustrating.
The bottom line, if you are a seller, I know the job of selling can be a pain in the butt. It takes a lot of time and energy. Because I empathize, I will do whatever I can do to make this process easier for you. The real goal is to get your home sold simply. Call me. Let’s come up with a plan to get you onto the next phase of your life with as little disruption as possible. Selling your home can certainly be a pain in the butt, but together we can make it work.