Do You Have Good Buyer Etiquette?
Believe it or not, good etiquette doesn’t just apply to practicing polite behavior at parties and other social settings. It can also apply to home buying as well, especially when you’re house hunting with a REALTOR®. If you’ve ever been a seller, hosted an open house, or worked with an agent, then you’ve been in situations that require a certain social civility. Do you have good buyer etiquette? Ask yourself the questions below to find out:
Do you know what you’re looking for?
If you’re looking to buy, but have absolutely no idea what you want, you’re going to waste a lot of time viewing spaces that may not fit your needs. Take the time to identify exactly what you want before you and your agent hoof it to view properties. How many bedrooms do you want? Do you want a single story or a two-story? Having a list of what you’re looking for will save everyone time.
Do you criticize while you browse?
If you walk into a seller’s house that you’re not crazy about, hold your tongue. They still call it their home and definitely won’t appreciate you calling their look dated or complaining about the lack of space. Criticizing a property during the tour is in bad taste and you never know who could be listening. If you end up in a multiple offer situation, you don’t want the seller to choose another buyer because they heard you badmouth their home.
Do you take pictures while you tour?
In an age where most everyone has a smart phone, it may seem like no big deal to snap a photo or make a quick video to show your friends how your home search is going. But in many cases, the homes you are viewing are still someone’s private residence and they may not appreciate having it photographed or shared. Always ask permission to take photos or video of the house.
Do you rummage through closets and drawers?
Ample storage space is one of the top features buyers look for and with good reason. It’s important to make sure a home will accommodate all your stuff. It’s okay to briefly look in closets, pantries, and cabinets to get a feel for the space, but it’s impolite to rummage through someone else’s private belongings. Sellers probably wouldn’t appreciate you handling their personal items.
Do you make yourself at home?
House hunting can be exhausting! Certainly a seller won’t mind if you grab a bottle of water from their fridge. Or plop down on their couch after a tour to rest your feet. And they definitely shouldn’t mind if you track in a little dirt from outside, right? Wrong. Whether you’re viewing a seller’s home or an open house, it’s bad etiquette to make yourself at home, even if you’re certain you’re going to buy the place. Treat seller and their homes with respect. Don’t take items from their fridge or snoop through medicine cabinets. And it’s always good practice to wipe your feet before you go in.
Extending good buyer etiquette towards sellers, their agents, and your REALTOR® is easy. It’s simply being respectful, practicing common courtesy, and treating others the way you want to be treated. So if you’re ready to put that good buyer etiquette to work and purchase your Arizona home, please contact the Russo Team today.
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