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How to be the Perfect Home Seller
There is a lot to be said about being the perfect home seller when selling your property. At the end of the day, everything comes down to negotiation…and manners. Just because the buyer’s agent may have negotiated a better deal, don’t take your frustration out on the buyer. It’s about doing the right thing. I always tell my sellers to do what they would expect and want done if you were the buyer. Remember the golden rule – “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
I recently had some buyers ask if the house would be professionally cleaned when the sellers moved out. This was a two year old house and appeared to be spotless. I explained to them that while a professional house cleaning is not part of the real estate contract, I didn’t think they had any need to worry. After all, you can typically tell from the way a house is kept if you have the perfect home seller. In certain instances, a professional cleaning can be written in to the contract if the house is exceptionally dirty. Typically any professional cleaning would be up to the buyer and should be scheduled before the move in date.
The residential real estate contract states:
“Unless otherwise agreed in writing, SELLER must remove all possessions, trash and debris, and clean the Property, upon vacating or prior to delivery of Possession.”
That means that unless you have a prior agreement with the buyer, you should remove everything from the house, garage, storage shed, attic, basement, etc. It doesn’t mean you should leave project leftovers such as sheet rock and building materials, gardening items you no longer want and extra pieces of furniture for your buyer unless previously agreed upon. It also means that you are responsible for disposing of hazardous materials and cans of paint that are no longer useable.
A couple of days prior to closing, the buyer always does a walk through. Unfortunately, you are typically still living in the house so it doesn’t guarantee how the house will be left once you vacate.
Moving is stressful enough. Why put extra stress on your buyer because you don’t want to move certain things out? When moving out of an apartment, management does a walk through after you have vacated to determine if you will be charged extra fees and whether or not you will get your deposit back. If you leave things they have to haul off, that expense will be charged back to you.
Be the perfect home seller
If you are selling your home please remember to remove all items you no longer want. There is a Recycling Extravaganza on October 14th from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the campus of Black & Veatch Headquarters, 11401 Lamar, Overland Park, KS. For more information, visit www.opkansas.org/recycling.
In addition, Overland Park’s 2017 bulky item collection is scheduled for east of Antioch for four weekends beginning September 30th through October 28th. If you live east of Antioch in Overland Park, find out the date of your pick-up at www.opkansas.org/bulky.
Do the right thing and be the perfect home seller for your perfect home buyer. You both will sleep better. Remember, your home buyer is the reason you get to move on to the next phase of your life. Be thankful and grateful!
Can I help you be the perfect home seller? Call me direct at (913) 515-3250 or contact me here.
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