Time To Thank The Seller

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 311291

Everyone is under stress right before closing. So many details to take care of in addition to emptying the house and  having it "broom clean." 

Take time to compliment the seller for the way they leave the house for the final walk-through.

Many sellers vacate their homes and hire a cleaning service for this last phase. 

 

Sellers are exhausted, and a simple thank you or at least acknowledging the effort put forth to get the house in condition to turn it over to the new buyers is the least you can do.

If the buyers don't express their gratitude, please agents on both sides should complement the seller. I do feel that the way the house is left shows the character of the seller. Also, the way the buyer receives the home shows their personality.

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Margaret Rome
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Comments (21)

Norma J. Elkins
Elite Realty Group - Morristown, TN
Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team

Oh my gracious yessss.  As we recently sold our own home last year we did hire a cleaning service to make sure it was nice and clean.  I have been to final walk-throughs that they did not even broom clean.  Such an overlooked step by the buyer that is usually taken for granted.  Thanks for sharing and have a fabulous day!

Nov 30, 2022 07:48 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Norma J. Elkins As a recent seller, you would appreciate knowing that all your cleaning and hard work was appreciated. 

Nov 30, 2022 07:53 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I agree, the condition of the house at walk through can speak volumes --and it's so nice for buyers to literally have a fresh start 

Nov 30, 2022 08:00 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

I agree, Lise Howe --' the condition of the house at walk-through can speak volumes.'

Nov 30, 2022 09:26 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Yes. Yes. and Yes. 

The sellers that leave their homes the way they would like to receive them must be appreciated and acknowledged for their efforts.  Professional cleaning is wonderful. 

Nov 30, 2022 08:08 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist, If the buyers don't show that appreciation, it is up to us, as agents, to acknowledge the effort. 

Nov 30, 2022 09:28 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is good advice to share.

Have a great day and an outstanding week.

Nov 30, 2022 08:32 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Good to see you, Roy Kelley 

Nov 30, 2022 09:28 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

I presume that is just a given Miss Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 

Yet acknowledge there may be many agents out there that would not. 

Nov 30, 2022 09:33 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist. It SHOULD be a given, but sadly, it's not the case. 

Nov 30, 2022 03:44 PM
Aura Alex
CloseMyDeal, LLC - Seattle, WA
Specializing in Multifamily Projects Nationwide

In the RE investment environment, my investment team often offered follow-up with the yard maintenance and other small things to ensure busy buyers moving in would enjoy it after the sales. 

It was often met with surprise and gratitude when we offered follow-up care for yards and little things about the home, frequently resulting in referrals. 

Thank you for your post.

Nov 30, 2022 11:14 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Aura Alex

What an excellent service you provided. With that kind of work ethic, you could not help but get referrals. Thanks for sharing!

Nov 30, 2022 03:46 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Yes indeed, Margaret. A very wise and thoughtful practice. Shows why your community loves you.

Nov 30, 2022 11:29 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Margaret that is a very good suggestion.  The last thing a thing a Buyer needs is to be left with a big mess before moving in.

Nov 30, 2022 01:30 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Always good to see and hear from you, George Souto 

Nov 30, 2022 03:49 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Rocky Dickerson, Not sure if I told you how much I enjoyed your excellent video with Kathy Streib 

Nov 30, 2022 03:50 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

That last bit of detail to acknowledge the seller's work is often overlooked when looking to just make sure the big items are gone

Nov 30, 2022 05:01 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Ed Silva Then we as agents need to acknowledge the condition. It is a nice way to end the transaction.

Dec 01, 2022 05:12 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Margaret- I love this post!  We've always worked hard to leave our homes in the kind of condition we would like to see when we move into a new home.  We've also hired professional cleaners as well. And yes, some acknowledgement of the seller's efforts would be appreciated. 

Nov 30, 2022 06:34 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Sellers who go the extra mile to make certain they have vacated on time, and left the premises clean, are appreciated.

Nov 30, 2022 11:45 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Margaret, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Nov 30, 2022 11:46 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Kathy Streib As a seller, you know how important it is to be acknowledged for your efforts to leave the home in such good condition.

Dec 01, 2022 05:15 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Myrl Jeffcoat

You summed it up with this statement:

" Sellers who go the extra mile to make certain they have vacated on time, and left the premises clean, are appreciated."

 

Thanks for the feature in OFC!!

Dec 01, 2022 05:23 AM
Pat Champion
John Roberts Realty - Eustis, FL
Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs

Great advice to share. Appreciation goes a long way. Thanks for sharing. I hope you have a great afternoon.

Dec 01, 2022 02:08 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Pat Champion, So true. "Appreciation goes a long way. "

Dec 01, 2022 07:19 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Margaret:

Acknowledging the efforts sellers put in to tidying up their home for the new homeowners is a simple thing to do, as is thanking the sellers, or at least the Listing Agent who can pass along the word.It's wonderful when pride of ownership extends to the vacant house at closing.

Some sellers go above and beyond to leave their homes spic and span for the buyers, but some unfortunately do not, even when reminded about how the home should be left.

Jeff

Dec 02, 2022 02:33 PM