Home Seller Q & A with Shelley and Sarah

It’s March, the season of the Hot Seattle Market is about to begin. This month, we thought we would devote this article to some of the more-frequently-asked questions I receive from home sellers:

How much notice am I given if an agent wants to show potential buyers my house?

In our area, one hours notice is typical, but if you need to be given more time, we can specify this in the listing information. However, when agents are touring buyers, they may be looking at several homes in a row. The agent will do the best he or she can to arrive at your home in the provided window, but if the tour goes quicker or longer than expected, they may arrive at your home either before or after they have specified. I know it can be difficult, but try to be as flexible as possible.

My baby naps between 10:00-12:00 noon and 3:00-4:30 pm each day. I would prefer to only have my home shown after 4:30 to not disrupt his schedule. Is that possible?

That is possible, but we do recommend having an alternative napping situation on the weekends when many buyers may be out wanting to see properties. You don’t want potential buyers having to skip seeing what could be the perfect home for their buying needs because it doesn’t fit into Junior’s schedule. The more limited the showing schedule, the fewer potential buyers, the smaller the buyer pool, which generally means a lower selling price.

What if I want to take the chandelier in the dining room and kitchen sink faucet with me when I move? Is there something special I need to do?

You have two options – replace these fixtures now before the home goes on the market or designate that these come with the house. In our experience, removing the fixtures you intend to take before the home goes on the market is the best way to avoid misunderstandings and conflict later.

What if I don’t have extra money to fix anything that the buyer has listed to be fixed after the inspection?

Fixes after the inspection can be negotiated. However, our advice is to read the request for repairs from the buyer’s point of view and keep an open mind. There may be small fixes – or even big structural repairs – that must happen before the home is allowed to change hands. Sometimes, these fixes can be paid out of your net proceeds, meaning you don’t have to come up with that money before the sale closes. The challenge with simply indicating that no changes will be done may cause the buyer to walk away and if the buyer walks away, now you have knowledge of your property’s flaws which will need to be disclosed to the next buyer. So keep an open mind and remember, we have options.

Do you have questions about the buying or selling process? I would love to address them for you! Send an email, text, or call: sarahgc@cloudcithyhomes.com 206-762-0682 or shelleyg@cloudcityhomes.com 206-940-9646

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