Don’t undermine your chance to get your dream home. Here are 5 tips for being a successful homebuyer that you should follow, so you don’t ruin the sale. Keep reading below or watch the video for more info.
Buyers often have their own unique ways of undermining the sale process, often, without even realizing it. Here are some of the most common faux pas that folks commit, so you can be sure to avoid committing them when you enter the real estate market yourself. We get it. You can start to feel a little silly and playful when you’ve looked at multiple properties, leading you to say and do things you wouldn’t otherwise do. Here are some behaviors to avoid during your house search.
One, being disrespectful of the property. You may think that the carpet is the ugliest color you’ve ever seen, and you may want to poke around in the medicine cabinet, just out of curiosity. You may be horrified at the lack of updates in the kitchen. While you want to use the visit as an opportunity to take a good look at the property and discuss its features, you don’t want to be disrespectful of the home or its owners. Treat the space as you would want potential buyers to treat your own, and save the jokes for the car ride home.
Two, allowing children to play in the home. Of course you want the whole family to be excited about your new home, but you need to be mindful of where your children are going and what they’re doing when you’re on a tour. While they may want to see their new room, they shouldn’t be playing with items in that room or crawling under the bed. They shouldn’t be hiding in closets or digging in drawers or cabinets. Set appropriate boundaries by discussing the process and behavior ahead of time so that everyone knows what is expected of them.
Third, criticizing as a negotiating tactic. Some buyers think that by trashing the home, they can convince homeowners that they should come down in price. However, this will likely cause them to take a hard line during negotiations or not to negotiate with you at all. Remember, while it is a transaction to you, it’s a home to the sellers, and they don’t need to know your thoughts on their decor or taste.
Four, using a home as a hangout spot. While you may have spent the day or evening looking at homes and are feeling exhausted, remember, that the sellers may be sitting around the block in the car with their pets and their children waiting patiently for your verdict. Don’t use your visit as a chance to lounge and chat, especially if you have no real interest in the home. Instead, go back to the agent’s office or to a local coffee shop to take a break and discuss your offer.
Five, making fun on social media. One of the worst things you can do is to use your visit to a home as a chance to try out your comedy routine for friends and followers on Facebook or Instagram. Not only is it rude, there’s a chance that your comments could get back to the sellers, if you have acquaintances in common, or even if you don’t. Besides causing anger and hurt feelings, your comments could jeopardize their chances of selling their home or undermine your position in a subsequent negotiation.