Saturday, February 23, 2019 / by Jennifer Gilbertz
Before getting into real estate I wanted to sell my home and I needed to remain in the home until it was sold. I wanted it to sell fast and for as much as possible. I did my best to prep my house to sell by deep cleaning, de-cluttering, and staging, but nothing could prepare me for what had happened after my home hit the market. It was a crazy hot sellers’ market at the time, and I was expecting it to sell the first weekend with multiple offers. Unfortunately, my listing agent suggested too high of a price to start with and multiple offers were not the case. I decided to price drop my home a couple times in the following weeks before finally getting my first offer which was a low-ball. I was shocked because my home was a turn-key two-year-old new construction home in a desirable neighborhood. Surprisingly, the thing that stressed me out the most was having to deal with rude real estate agents calling to make appointments to show my home and having strangers in my home without me present.
My agent made notes in the multiple listing service that I was requiring a minimum of two hours notice for all showings and to please call or text me directly to set up appointments. I was shocked how many agents were rude and demanding on the phone. I even had one agent tell, not ask, me that they were going to show my home with an hours notice and I said I need at least 1 ½ hours to be able to leave and they seemed put off by my non flexibility. A couple times I had come home after a showing appointment to find my front door left unlocked, and once I came home to find my bedding all messed up with the obvious signs someone was not just sitting but laying on my bed. The reason I am sharing these examples with you is to prep you for what could happen. If you do price your home correctly from the start you can reduce the amount of showing that will happen and reduce the time frame of the stress you will endure in the home selling process.
Luckily once I had negotiated the offer and was now under contract with the buyer, the rest of the transaction went smoothly. When I was getting close to the close date my agent informed me that I needed to be completely moved out and have the place extremely spotless before the buyer was to have his final walk-through a couple days before closing. Both items are completely false, as a seller you have till 9 PM the day of closing to be out and ready to hand over the keys, and no, I didn’t need to wipe down every interior surface of every cabinet and drawer with Lysol wipes. There is an expectation of clean when vacating a home but unless a buyer negotiates having your home professionally clean, the cleanliness of which the buyer viewed your home should be the same expectation during the final walk-through before closing.