So you’re selling your house. You’ve got your new home picked out and now all that is needed is for someone to buy yours. Easy. Well, relatively. Compared to open heart surgery, anyway.
At this point, we could take a dive down the normal route. We can talk about how you should look to please prospective buyers. The usual route would be discuss the ways you can make your home more appealing, things you can do to drive up your asking price. While these are all valuable tools, they negate one thing.
Sometimes? House buyers are terrible people.
In fairness, this is a #notallhousebuyers situation. You, for example. When buying your new house, we’re sure you were a complete darling and didn’t put a foot out of line. Nothing unreasonable whatsoever. It sucks there aren’t more people like you in the world, doesn’t it?
Yet alas, there is not. Some buyers – or even just prospective buyers – can make an already difficult time more inconvenient. Want to avoid the hassle of the horror buyer? We’ve a few tips.
Requiring multiple visits before deciding to buy.
The first time you show a prospective buyer a house, you’re happy to do so. By the sixth time, you’ve had enough and just want them to flash the cash or walk away. Unfortunately, in most cases they will walk away. Buyers who appear to be humming and pausing, keeping you on edge and wondering if you can hire the conveyancing solicitors yet, are no fun at all.
Is it sometimes worth sticking it out in the hopes of a sale? Maybe. But if requests start to get unreasonable (the aforementioned six visits is unreasonable), then it might be best to cut your losses.
They pull out of the sale.
Say they do get to the point of placing and offer. You pack up your house, you get ready to go and – then they withdraw.
There is very little that you can do about this. It is a massive, soul-crushing blow to be so close to your new home and then have it pulled away. The only way of preventing a full blown catastrophe is to always keep in mind that there’s a potential for it to happen. If you’re moving things into storage or other such adjustments, be aware that you need a backup plan. It won’t make it any easier emotionally if it happens, but it should ease the practical side of things.
They keep asking for more things to be included in the price.
Carpets, curtains, sometimes garden features – these are often requested as part of the sale price. If you agree to these and then more are added, then things are verging towards unreasonable again. When you agree for something to go with the house, then agree – if necessary in writing – that there can be no further requests. Otherwise, it can quickly spiral out of control and you’ll have nothing to put in your new home before you get there.