Home Selling Tips
I sold my house and need to move out in a week happens more often than you might think. This happens to people we sell homes for when we receive a cash offer with a 10-day close of escrow. Many times sellers will say no as they believe it is impossible to move out in a week.
The question is can two people empty out a house, clean it, hand over the keys and exit in fewer than 7 days? Most people feel moving in a month’s time is difficult. What’s interesting is that my friends recently moved out: lock, stock and barrel in a week. They planned out what they were going to keep, what they were going to sell, and what they would donate.
Are home sellers generous to buyers? Well, it depends on many factors. Buyers often come in trying to negotiate a good deal. Of course, that is understandable, but it can sometimes backfire. Some sellers are very attached to their homes. The dreams of their lives are often wrapped up in the story of the house and what their dreams were.
I recently worked with a couple, and some buyers didn’t understand my sellers’ process. Some agents asked me if I was trying to talk buyers out of buying the home? I said no, but I am following my seller’s instructions. These sellers had their home on the market before, and often the reasons people did not buy it were evident as the features are listed on MLS. For example, three bedrooms and two baths. So when the buyer’s agents say they didn’t make an offer as they needed four bedrooms and three bathrooms, clearly the MLS says a three-bedroom. This is when a seller’s generosity often goes out of the window.
Real estate work during Covid19 requires patience as everyone is impacted on some level. Though real estate has been named as an essential service along with construction, don’t kid yourself it is not back to normal by a long shot. The scheduling of repairs is often booked weeks out. In many cases, as there have been layoffs in various businesses, a shortage of the workforce can mean delays. This week has been about working longer days. Whatever it takes we are putting in the extra time and effort.
Is lot size correct on your home? This is an interesting question. Recently on a listing, the county tax agency reported on their public site, a lot size of well over an acre. As Realtors, we are not supposed to do investigation on a property at the county. An investigation is the responsibility of the buyer or seller, depending on circumstances.
Agents help facilitate inspectors but we have no qualifications to be an expert at interpreting county records. Another risk an agent takes is you deal with one person at the counter who says one thing; but, if you report this information to your client and later they find out it was incorrect, it could be an issue. The legal departments at our brokerage cringe over stuff like this.
Should home sellers leave garbage cans full? Well, the contract specifically states the seller shall remove all debris. If we really think about it the seller stops paying the garbage bill when we close escrow. The buyer is responsible for the ongoing garbage bill. I doubt any buyer is happy to push the garbage cans to the curb full of someone else’s garbage.
Another consideration is when buyers move in, they are going to produce packing paper galore and their own garbage from moving in. They really need the garbage cans empty, so they can throw away their own stuff. This is one of the seller’s last steps to close escrow.