It doesn't take much to make a good first impression, right? A little effort can go a long way, regardless of the situation.
Today my buyer client saw her new home "in person" for the very first time.
We went under contract about five weeks ago. Since the purchaser lived several states away, we did a video conference during my initial showing appointment.
The house was stunning. It was obvious the seller took excellent care of this home, and it had a warm, happy feel.
Although the home had multiple offers, we were the successful bidders and went under contract.
The buyer was naturally nervous to buy a home sight unseen, but when we walked through the front door of her new home today, all fears dissipated.
The first thing I noticed was a pleasant clean scent. The hardwood floors were gleaming, the carpets in the bedroom were spotless and obviously professionally cleaned. Not only did the seller think to leave a full roll of toilet paper in each bathroom as a courtesy, she left small hand towels in each bathroom plus a fresh bottle of hand soap as well.
In the kitchen was a new roll of paper towels and a clean unused trash can liner. Again, everything was spotless. In one of the upper cabinets were the appliance manuals along with some unused shelf paper and some labeled spare hardware.
The garage was immaculate. The seller left the garage remote in plain sight for the buyer's convenience.
All lights worked, the air conditioner was left at a comfortable setting, and I didn't see a single dust bunny. The yard was freshly mowed as requested, and the one repair we asked for had been completed.
It doesn't take a lot to make a good first impression. As it was, the buyer was seeing her home FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME. The seller didn't know that; however, she took a few extra steps and turned this "routine walk-through" into a positive experience for both the purchaser and this Realtor.
From the bottom of my heart, I wish all clients, both buyers and sellers, were as cooperative and selfless as these two were. Our jobs as Realtors would be much easier.