An increasing issue is finding things left in a home when the seller moves out. Just as well the home being left dirty and or a mountain of trash. It is WHY a Final walk through is a MUST for a home buyer. I have given some thought to why this is occurring.
Take the picture on this blog. This was a divorce sale. The husband long gone agreed to let the ex wife, who still lived there, hire a discount agent. They did not want to pay a commission and thought they could handle the sale on their own. Driving by and seeing a mess a few days before closing, i asked if we could come through the home. The seller said she was out. She said the buyer could have everything left behind. Showing her a copy of the contract, she did not realize it had to be broom clean or what that meant. The next day she decided to burn everything out back. The picture shows half burnt bureaus, a bed frame and unknown trash.
In the end, we got an estimate to clean the house. Replace the new carpeting she trashed. Replace all the light fixtures and appliances she took. Replace the central AC unit, the generator and the pellet stove she took. Then pay to remove the burnt mess. The sellers had to pay near $10,000 for the needless damage. I was surprised the buyer still wanted the home, but they did. The buyer was also very happy I insisted on the final walk through.
Looking back on some sales this year where we found something out of order at the final walk through. Nearly all the sellers had a limited service or discount listing agents. Another was a FSBO. I am not blaming them for trying to save some money. But in each case it cost the seller money by not doing it right the first time. What is that suppose to mean? Well, in every sales contract I wrote, it states the home to be left in broom clean condition, free of debris and personal belongings. Every seller said they did not understand the contract their agent had them sign. Every seller said they did not get any instructions. Every seller said they did not know what to expect during the selling process. They were left all alone without any guidance because that is what they signed up for.
IN SUMMARY, a seller can save stress and money by simply doing it right the first time. There are no short cuts or skimping when selling a home. The commission for full service can be slightly more, but a higher sales price, a higher amount in your pocket and less stress are all worth it.
The MOST IMPORTANT thing in real estate for me, is to provide great service. To stand out from the crowd by being there through each step of the buying or selling process. My message that I want to share in Real Estate, is that my philosophy is simple, to provide more personal and professional service to guide clients through each step of the buying or selling process. All Agents are not created equal and every buyer or seller should take the time to hire the BEST not just the biggest.
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About the Author: Scott Godzyk is the Owner/Broker of the Godzyk Real Estate Services in Manchester NH. Proud to be locally owned and operated with 32 years of experience, Scott is a leading Agent for Listing and Selling Homes in this area.We are Full Time Agents ready to serve all of your Real Estate needs. Servicing Hillsborough, Rockingham, Merrimack and Belknap counties.