Selling Your House? 3 Strange Questions That Potential Buyers Might Ask and How to Answer Them
Are you selling your home now, or in the near future? If so, you have probably come to terms with the fact that soon you’ll be having strangers tour through your home. And they’ll be asking all kinds of questions about it. Over the 20+ years I’ve been selling homes, these are three questions that sellers never expect. Here they are and how to approach answering them.
You might have chuckled when you read that, but questions about the paranormal activity are more common than you think. Many people have beliefs and superstitions about ghosts, ghouls, demons, and other spirits that haunt homes. It’s a common question for our historical homes in Summerville that date back to the 1800s. There is an old folktale about the Summerville Light but that’s for another blog.
Learning that someone has died in your house – even if it was long before you owned the place – is enough for some potential buyers to pass and move on to the next listing. There are some things that can trigger these questions like the home being sold by an estate or the prior owners have owned it for 25+ years. Again, as in Question #1, if the home is an older home, it comes up more.
Have you ever owned a pet that has grown old or otherwise perished? Think back to that experience and ask yourself: where did you bury them? Many families bury deceased pets in their backyard, thinking that it is a good final resting place. And that may be true if you own the house for the rest of your life. However, if you decide to sell, then you have passed on a backyard that has a corpse resting in it. That can end up as a startling surprise for the next family to live there, especially if they decide to plant a garden.
Rest assured that the above are just a handful of the many bizarre and strange questions you might get while showing your house to potential buyers. If you do encounter something that seems a bit funny, aim to be polite and answer thoughtfully. When you are ready to list your home for sale, or for more tips and real estate advice, contact us. Our professional real estate team is here to answer any questions you have.