What I Hate About Selling a Home
Have You Put Your House On The Market Lately?
Things I hate about selling a house “EVERYTHING". Absolutely hate it. We have put two homes on the market. I have to tell you I can't stand the buyers or the real estate agents we have had to deal with. They can both be a nightmare. This hub is about all the stress we went through trying to sell homes. Homes we loved and thought other people should love. They don't love your home only you do. You love the gardens you worked so hard on, they don't. You think you're decorating is great, they hate it.
Someone told us we had to bury St. Joseph upside down in the garden. He was supposed to help sell the house. I think he actually worked on the first house. It sold soon after we put him in the ground.
House No: 1
I hate keeping the house spotlessly clean. My house is clean, but when selling a home you do need to keep it spotless everything should be clean and smelling good and freshened up. Counter tops are cleared and items are put away. You know the deep corner cleaning. Kitchen drawers should be very clean because they will be looking in them. Stove and refrigerator cleaned if you’re leaving it behind.
There are buyers who don't like your decorating and for some odd reason they think they‘re buying the decor too. I didn't decorate for them and I removed everything I thought would be too personal. My decorating is not staying with the house.
Trying to find the items I have put away later on. I would stuff things in every place I could so they could not see it, like hiding under beds and placing in baskets.
There are realtors who call at the last minute to show our house or just pop in. I had to stop them. I just got to the point where I wouldn't allow it.
I hate my realtor acting like I’m the bad guy.
I hate the real-estate company changing my realtor without letting us know and not giving us a chance to pick who we wanted. Not only did I not like the realtor they gave us. I knew her and she was selling her house which was pretty close to the same as ours. Whose house do you think she will show?
We had items disappearing from our home and not knowing about it until later. We had a camera disappear at one house. Take your valuables with you when you leave the house. We later heard our realtor had taken money from places.
Our realtor didn’t show our house in a year until it was time to renew and suddenly we have someone looking at our house, now you know it’s just another realtor.
We finally sold the house ourselves within two months without any markdown in price. We got so sick of realtors with this house we finally just put it in the paper ourselves. It took about two months. The realtor had it on the market for two years.
House No 2:
Putting all the pets into the car and leaving the house for God only knows how long.
Realtors bringing her kids and letting them run through our house and hang out by the lake while she’s showing the house. I’m sure the customers were not thrilled with having kids running around while they're trying to talk with the realtor. We sure weren't and we let the real estate company know. I was lucky my neighbor said to bring the pets and your car over here and stay until we see them leave. We could sit at her kitchen table and look right over at our house without anyone seeing us. That’s how I found out about the realtor’s kids being there. If the realtor's kids had fallen in the lake or pond she would have sued us. Make it clear you don't want the realtor to bring her kids.
The realtors were not pointing out what was good about the house. Make your own list of things you want to be shown in your house. Leave it on the counter with a dish of cookies for all to read.
Realtors were not telling us what the people liked or disliked about the house, giving us no feedback at all.
Letting kids go into our private items, had nothing to do with the house, so afraid of the customer and not speaking up for us. This happened often and there is no excuse for it. If it's a dresser it's not staying with the house. They have no business going into your private items.
Being late for an appointment or not showing up at all, happened many times.
They left doors open and did not turn off lights. Sometimes we would walk back into our house not knowing if the realtor had been there or not. Make it clear to the realtor to leave a note or one of her cards letting you know they had been in your house.
I was in the real estate office to sign final papers and the buyer jumps all over me about something he was sure we had done at the house. I was by myself my husband couldn’t be there. Never go alone take someone with you or make sure your husband is there. You need him to protect you. This man was crazy and mean. My realtor takes up for him to the point where I finally stood up and said “Fine then I guess you haven’t bought a house.” His wife was going to go crazy over this because I knew she wanted the house. I won't tell you how I knew she wanted it so bad. Both realtors were upset because it meant no money in their pockets. They changed their attitudes very fast.
I see this bully around town ever so often and I still do not speak to him. People on the lake don't like him. He thinks they can't fish in their boats in front of the house. There are very few people I dislike completely but this man I can't stand.
We sold our second house through the realtor, but by the time the buyer tried to pay $10,000.00 less we were so mad at everything which happened we said “No, take it or leave it at this price” They took it even though they tried to con us into more stuff later.
We learned one lesson, sell your house as is, and “promise nothing, nothing at all." If you say you will remove all items from property they will come up with things not connected to the house and you never expected to have to move.
This buyer told our realtor we had thrown all our stuff into the lake concrete blocks etc. and he wanted us to remove it because we had promised to remove all things around the house. We didn't throw the blocks in the lake they had been put there the year the boathouse was built by whoever built the boathouse in the 1930s. Our realtor took his side. We were not going to remove something we hadn't put there and have the DNR come down on our heads and fine us for disturbing the lake. Many years before when we bought the property we had tried to clear the block out of the lake but the DNR wouldn't let us.
Things You Need To Tell The Real Estate Company You Hire.
- Home sells "as is." if you don't do this you will get caught doing things you don't want to do.
- Honest Realtor Who Can Be Trusted
- Any changes first discussed with you, change of realtor etc. We had this happen and they didn't tell us.
- You don't want a realtor who is selling their own home.
- Make it clear to the Real Estate Co. NO KIDS with the realtor.
- Feedback needed.
- Only sign a contract for three months until you know how you're going to be treated.
- No lookers in your private things
- Leave a note or something to let us know you showed up to show the house.
- Make sure you let them know the items you want to keep which are in the house. You should give them a list. I have chandeliers in this house I would not leave behind. Better yet you should really take those items completely out of the house.
- Make sure to put all of this in a signed contract.
The day I left the realtor office and after papers were signed. I was so mad and upset I went to the house to start to remove things I knew needed to be removed. I went in our boathouse and started throwing things out the door, (Little Temper Here). Now let me tell you our boathouse was always full of dock spiders. I didn't like them and when I would see one I would be out of the boathouse, but this day if those spiders had got in my way I would have grabbed them by their legs and they would have gone flying out of the boathouse just like the rest of the stuff.
We had another day to get things out of the house.
Second house on Youtube
I see our old house on YouTube now. They're trying to sell it again. My husband loved this house because he built it from scratch. Hated to sell it but when retirement was looming we knew we could not afford the taxes on a lake.
Remember you are hiring the Real Estate Co. you are the one paying them from the money you get from your home. You are the boss, not the buyers. If you don't like the real estate company get rid of them. We had problems with all the companies we went with. Each one pulled their own little tricks.
We really were too nice and never complained when we should have with the first house. With the second house, we did let them know when we were not happy. I'm sure they didn't like us, but we didn't care.
This is not my décor in this Youtube video.
What You Should Tell Your Realtor.
- Don't bring extra people or kids to showing
- Take off shoes
- Leave your card or a note before leaving house.
- Turn off lights and lock doors.
- Don't let kids or grown-ups into my private thing.
- Don't call at the last minute.
- Give me feedback good or bad if you don't you're done..
- Stop asking me a hundred times to drop the price.
The Final Sale.
Be ready to be upset over things which happen with your house. People move in they don't like what you like. The first house we sold was the house our children grew up in. We had worked on the yard for 24 years. It was beautiful. We had a white lilac bush outside the window. When the bush would bloom the wonderful smell of it would come in the window. We also had a mountain ash tree on the sidewalk by the drive. It always had birds in it, a beautiful tree and not an easy tree to grow in this area. They cut both the bush and the tree down, almost as soon as they moved in. My husband talked to the man who bought the house and ask him why he had cut the tree. We were just curious why he would get rid of a tree. His words "I didn't like all the birds."
We had a large cement porch with planters on one side of the house. They tore it out and put in a wood deck when there was already a covered screened in patio. To each his own!
Our second house was on the property my parents had once owned. It had a cottage on it. We took down the cottage and built the house. My Dad had been so excited about us building this house. He wanted us to fix a bedroom on the lower floor for him and mother. We did that, one with a big window he could look out at the lake as soon as he got up in the morning. He died the year we built the house.
There was not much about the house the buyers liked. I have no idea why they bought it. They tore up my front garden and took it out completely. They removed a pond in the yard. We had a pond which was established and took very little care. They hated it. We loved the pond and our grandkids loved it. This buyer wanted us to remove things like trellises I had up for our flowers.
Tell me your house selling or buying experience.
I know there are always problems with buying a house too. If you ask the people who bought our second house they would very likely blame us.
Anything that went wrong with the second house the owners would call my husband to come and fix it. I finally told him that was enough they could take care of their own problems.It was never anything we had done wrong with the house it was always something they just couldn't fix or didn't know how to fix.
Funny Thing Happened.
My brother-in-law was selling his place and the people who bought it was the same people who bought our second house. I warned him about them. While he was out of state they called him because their water froze and they wanted him to fix it. He's out of state how was he going to fix it. They left the place without heat while they went to Arizona which is a very big reason why pipes froze. They are two grown people who don't know how to handle their own problems or they try to get things done free.
Craigslist Didn't Always Exist.
I had a person come on here and called me an idiot because I didn't sell my house on Craigslist. There was no Craigslist at the time. These young people they think Craigslist has always existed and they have no problem calling people names. Bless their hearts.