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29 October 2015
Avoid becoming the ‘Home Hunter from Hell’ this Halloween
to secure the property of your dreams
With eight buyers* chasing after every property on the market, myhomemove has released its top five ‘No-Nos’ guaranteed to put sellers’ backs up, alongside its ‘Home Hunter from Hell’ list, to help potential home movers avoid making the ghoulish mistakes that upset sellers this Halloween.
Top five ‘No-Nos’ guaranteed to put sellers’ backs up
1) The buyer who rifles through the owner’s cupboards and drawers
2) The buyer who fails to remove their shoes despite being asked to, or brings food and drink into a property and then consumes it
3) The buyer who asks to use the toilet and forgets to flush it
4) The buyer who asks for a reduction in the price even before setting foot inside the property
5) The buyer who brings unruly children or their extended family to a viewing
When faced with competing offers, sellers have the ultimate say in which offer to accept - often resulting in them choosing the buyer they like and trust to go through with the deal.
Alongside these findings, myhomemove, the UK’s leading provider of mover conveyancing services, asked its Estate Agent partners to list their number one tip for getting on sellers’ good sides. And despite this being the age of technology and fast-paced living, it’s the old fashioned manners of a “buyer who is genuinely keen with a firm handshake and good eye contact” that seals the deal for a hot property.
Commenting on these findings, Doug Crawford, CEO of myhomemove said:
“To ensure you and your offer are taken seriously, we’d highly recommend following our top tips, especially with so many buyers chasing after each property. Having the goodwill of the seller can be priceless when you’re competing for your dream property. And while it might all sound like a bit of fun for Halloween, it seems that good manners really are the key to securing you next home move.”
Estate Agents’ advice to avoid becoming a ‘Home Hunter from Hell’
- Don’t walk around a property criticising it in front of the seller
- Don’t argue the price down even before setting foot inside the property
- Don’t talk over your husband/wife, the seller or Estate Agent. And never tell them to shut up!
- Don’t be late with no apology
- Don’t be disrespectful to the homeowner by saying something like 'you must have a rich husband, you surely can't have afforded to buy this house by yourself'
- Don’t try out the owner’s sofas or beds by lying on them – especially when you are not buying them.