When you are buying or selling a property whether it’s in the UK or abroad there are certain guidelines we should all follow. All we hear about is what are the advantage points to look for when buying a property? Or what improvements to make on a property before you put it up for sale. Nobody ever really tells us what not to do, that is until now!
First impressions for both parties are vital so get it right; here are some handy tips to help both buyer and seller along the way.
Buyer – please, please, please respect the property you are viewing it may not be what you were expecting but you don’t have to be rude about it. Remember you are viewing someone else’s home and basically you are a guest in that home. If the buyer requests you to take your shoes off before entering their home, it’s advisable to do so. Do not go and view a property and take your dog or another pet with you, its possible the seller is allergic to pet hair or simply may not appreciate it. Dogs are notorious for leaving their scent and you don’t want to risk them cocking their leg at the front door or worse inside the property. If you are a smoker its considered bad manners to light up in someone else’s home, maybe you would be ok with this, however the chances are you don’t know the seller and your not best buddies! If the seller takes an instant dislike to you because you are not coming across as respectful, you can forget about them selling their home to you. Show the same level of respect in a seller’s home as you would expect to receive.
If you fall in love with the property you are viewing and would like to put an offer in, don’t start negotiations there and then it’s not the time or place. Once the viewing is over, contact your estate agent and discuss the property’s pros and cons and asking price that is what they are there for. If the seller is showing you the property and you think in your opinion the price is too high, don’t comment on it whilst in the property it’s not appropriate. If the estate agent is showing you around and the seller is in the property, still make no comment as the seller may hear you. We all have different tastes in décor so if you see something you really don’t like maybe a patterned wall paper or a particular colour scheme; once again keep your opinions to yourself. If you really like the property try as best you can to imagine how you would decorate it – most things are easily sorted out once the property becomes yours.
Seller – ideally if possible try not to be at home when viewings take place. The majority of potential buyers prefer the seller not to be at home, sometimes they feel awkward about looking in all the nooks and crannies if you are loitering in the background. Also you would feel impelled to ask “have you a property to sell” or “are you first time buyers” or “are you in a chain” it can make the buyers feel uncomfortable. Buyers want to feel relaxed when viewing and you want them to relax so they can imagine themselves living there. This could be a deal breaker if you are hanging around following the buyer and estate agent and lurking in the shadows hanging on to every word. They may want to open doors to storage cupboards to see how big they are or turn on the taps to see the water pressure of the shower for example.
Do make sure your property is neat and tidy and clutter free. Nobody wants to view a messy property, be proud of your home, after all you want it to go to buyers who will respect it and look after it once you have left.
If you are at home when you have potential buyers make sure you are ready for them, if the viewing appointment is early in the morning make sure you’re up and about and you’re not being awakened by a knock at the door. This makes everyone feel uncomfortable and the viewing will not go well, also make sure your partner or children are up and about too. If you are only looking for a buyer who can move quickly on a deal for example a buyer with no chain or a cash buyer you need to tell your estate agent this. Don’t waste people’s time they will get bored of this and not put potential buyers your way. Be honest about what you’re looking for in a prospective buyer or quick sale. Good luck!