Should I wrap everything in plastic to keep my home safe when selling?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Godzyk Real Estate Services NH License 033394

Put on a helmet and take  a journey with me.  I met a family who needs to sell. They can no longer pay their mortgage. They are though scared beyond most of Covid 19. As I stood there they spoke about how to protect their home and family from buyers coming into their home.


It is a valid fear as many seller have. This family though was behind in their mortgage before Covid 19. The virus may have bought them a few more months. They key fact is they have equity. They don't need to just give the home back, they should sell and use the proceeds to start over. It is a good amount. The problem I had was determining if teh fear was real, or Mrs seller did not want to sell and was making up excuses. Yes that is a mighty statement and yes i did ask her.


When she asked if I would pay to wrap her furniture in plastic and place plastic on the floor, common sense was out the window. The helmet was to protect me when i almost fell over when the next requests came in. I was not sure I should take this listing. There is a communication break down. Speaking to both sellers i got a real good picture of what selling this home would be like.



IN SUMMARY, it was time for some hard truths. They can stay there a couple of months. The bank will eventually foreclose. They will be evicted and end up with nothing. OR They can cooperate. They can list and let me sell their home. They can get a large check and be able to find a new place to live and be comfortable.


IN THE END I addressed each of their issues. We can market the home to cash buyers. Sell it AS IS and coordinate all buyers come within a 2 hour span and make their highest and best offer. The sellers would have have to leave the house once. There would be no other showings and the closing date can be when they need to allow time to find a new home. It was a win win situation. What will they decide? 


I leave you with my infamous thoughts, My philosophy is simple, provide more personal and professional service to guide my 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. Those that hire me, find a dedication like no other.


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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 34 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. 






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Comments (11)

Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I like your solution, Scott.  I hope they are wise enought to take it!

May 01, 2020 08:18 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

Scott, I always like your posts as they show empathy, but with common sense. You offer a solution and then you let them decide.

May 01, 2020 08:45 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Stellar solution and I sure hope they agree to it. Sounds like a great case scenario for them. 

May 01, 2020 10:23 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

I was asked this question after 9/11. I said what?  You want to wrap your entire home in plastic?  They did.....want to.  Not sure they ever really did as they decided not to sell.   It's all about solutions!!

May 01, 2020 03:51 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Scott- often sellers need an agent who will shoot straight with them and let them know what their choices are. Showing them they do have a choice is key. 

May 01, 2020 08:45 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR

Morning Scott.

My guess is they will list, but one never knows, being that momma doesn't want to sell.

May 02, 2020 01:39 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

We will see Myrl Jeffcoat, I am not sure one of them sees reality 

May 02, 2020 05:34 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I think that is the way it should be Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 . The thing is listing a home that wont sell does not help either the seller or I. Some are tougher than others

May 02, 2020 05:35 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

It woudl change their lives for the better Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD 

May 02, 2020 05:36 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

It is hard for the anxious sellers among us to navigate through these times - I hope they listen to your excellent advice

May 02, 2020 06:20 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Scott - your options seem reasonable to me.  I hope the potential sellers think so too and choose you for their real estate representation.

May 02, 2020 07:15 AM