Some Common Courtesy in Mission Viejo Real Estate – Please

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Some Common Courtesy in Mission Viejo Real Estate – Please

It’s only polite to wave “Thank You” to the driver of the car who let you merge to your exit lane on the 5 at Oso Parkway in rush hour traffic, right?  It’s not in the Driver’s Handbook, it’s just common courtesy.  We have the same thing in the Mission Viejo Real Estate market, too.  Some common courtesy.  Accommodations and gestures that buyers do for sellers and sellers do for buyers.  And just like our local freeway system has some jerks on the roads, we, from time to time, run into jerks in the Mission Viejo home buying and selling system.  Imagine that? Please don’t let that jerk be you.

Here are a couple of things that sellers do to show their common courtesy:

  1. Let the buyers come back to the house any time they want, for as long as they want, with as many people as they want.  You do realize that you have to keep selling your home even after the contract has been signed, right?  You can’t just sit back and count your money quite yet.  Especially in that ever-so-critically-important period during which the buyers are completing their inspections and reviewing your disclosures. 
  2. Leave the home like you did every time a potential buyer came by or how you left it for every Open House.  Keep putting your best foot forward!
  3. And yes, leave the home.  Go away for the entire time the buyers and their agent and their “people” are there.  Let them have the freedom to poke and prod and say and do what they want.
  4. Maybe leave a plate of cookies or brownies and some bottled water on the day of the inspection.  It really is kind of like a party with the buyers, their agent, and the home inspector.  What a nice way to make them feel like you care!  And just so you know, I prefer brownies.

And buyers – here are some guidelines for you to show some courtesy to the people who still live in the home you are buying:

  1. Try to get as much as you can done during the home inspection.  Schedule the painter, carpet guy, hard wood floor person, pool guy, kitchen remodeler, and outdoor kitchen expert during the home inspection.  Or build a little window at the end of the inspection to bring your wrecking crew in.  This makes it much easier for the seller, the agents, and you.
  2. Make appointments at reasonable times. Stay away from pre-dawn and dinner time hours.
  3. Make your requests specific.  Don’t be like the cable guy and give a 4 hour window.  Make a specific appointment for just enough time for you get it done.
  4. You are responsible to leave the home the way you found it.  If you poked and prodded and something got scratched or there’s now a hole in the dry wall, you are going to need to put it back like it was when you found it.  After all, it’s not your house just yet.

This is an emotional, stressful, painful, gut-wrenching, and pocket-book bleeding process as it is.  Wouldn’t it be nice to make it just a little less stressful?

 I’m Leslie Eskildsen.  Just keeping it Real in Mission Viejo Real Estate.

Call me.  Text me.  Email me.  And fill out this form.  I’ll get back to you.  Just not if it’s 1:30 AM.  I’m asleep.  I’ll get back to you tomorrow.

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