If you’ve ever tried to sell a house, then you’ve probably had some issues with the potential buyers who walked through it. Maybe you found mud tracked on your carpet, back doors left unlocked, or things moved around (or missing). Some sellers resort to posting signs like “Remove Your Shoes” and “Turn Lights Off Before You Leave.”
But one For Sale by Owner couple went a step further when they put their house on the market–they created a hand-out of “Property Viewing Etiquette” for everyone who requested a showing. Their list of do’s and don’ts included:
- Be on time for the viewing.
- Leave the children and babies at home (“this is not a playground”).
- Don’t criticize things you don’t like about our house in front of us.
- Don’t waste our time if you’re not a serious buyer.
- Tell us what you like about the house and thank us for showing you around–it may make a difference in how negotiations go later on.
Cheryl wrote, “It took us a while to sell our home and I would add:
- Please do not use my bathroom and then not flush.
- The Christmas gifts under the tree are for my family and not a gift for you for visiting.
- Please return the blow dryer, colander and potted plant you have taken.
- Please ask your kids not to go into our drawers and leave our clothes on the floor!”
Yeah, that’s pretty bad. You wonder what the real estate agents were doing while their clients were raiding Cheryl’s rooms?
Not everyone was a fan of the couple’s rules, though. Some felt that in this housing market, you shouldn’t do anything that might put potential buyers off.
Kristin wrote, “I suspect these sellers also make you remove your shoes upon entering their house…which I find disgusting.” Joyce agreed: “One seller made my husband take his shoes off and almost didn’t let him in the house because his clothes were a little dusty. We were insulted.”
Making This Home featured one of the friendliest “Remove Your Shoes” signs I’ve seen:
Does it offend you when homeowners expect you to leave yours at the door? I just do it automatically, whether there’s a sign or not. (One of my pet peeves is when people climb into tubs on shows like House Hunters, shoes and all.)
What do’s and don’ts would you like to tell anyone looking at your house? As a house hunter, would a list of rules put you off?
P.S. It could actually be way worse than any of these scenarios. After I showed you photos of this strange house, I learned that the real estate agent got caught doing all kinds of things in it while his clients were out of town. Yikes.
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