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Gumbo Robot
7th September 2015, 10:25
Has anyone ever showed prospective buyers around their home? I did it for about a month earlier in the year when I put my cottage on the market as I thought maybe a little rapport may aid the selling process.

I ended up feeeling violated in the end .

Here are some of the choice coments:



"The ceilings are too low, how can I possibly hold my zumba classes in here?"



"Eeewww...Rats! I'm not living here!" (on seeing my humane rat trap in the shed)



"Too close to the road" (it's a minor b-road 1/4 a mile away)



"I don't like that pond, the children could drown (addressing her husband & ignoring me)"



"Garden's too small. I'll have to buy the field behind to even consider living here"



"Those houses opposite look like council houses"



I'd also add that all the above comments were from prospective buyers from London. Smug middle class downshifter types who obviously have their own idea of what living in the countryside is all about that doesn't quite translate into reality.

People from elsewhere were generally complementary and polite oddly though.

Did accept an offer but it all fell through after 3 months of dicking around.

To be honest, I never actually found a place nice enough to justify getting in hock as much as I'd need to in order to be able to buy it so I've now taken it off the market & am getting a 2 storey extension built instead.

My other worry was buying somewhere & finding all the neighbours were like the people who made the comments above. Prefer the people in the council houses opposite to be honest.

MarillionFan
7th September 2015, 10:29
Get the agent to do it, that's what you're paying for.

Gumbo Robot
7th September 2015, 10:32
Get the agent to do it, that's what you're paying for.

I did after about 1 month of that.

MarillionFan
7th September 2015, 10:38
I did after about 1 month of that.

So this is a non-thread then.

You're welcome

MF

Gumbo Robot
7th September 2015, 10:41
So this is a non-thread then.

You're welcome

MF

Probably more a dig at #RefugeesWelcome hashtaggers by proxy.

vetran
7th September 2015, 10:45
I did after about 1 month of that.

our buyers were polite to our face, then bought it and ripped it up.

My wife was horrified as we had done lots of work that people had been impressed by.

I was pragmatic, we had sold it and had the money to buy a much bigger place in a nice little close.

Remember you are after their money not their friendship. Sometimes their comments make sense and you can do something about them.

BrilloPad
7th September 2015, 10:45
I have shown buyers round ever house I have sold. Never received any ridiculous comments. Sometimes people have "misunderstandings" and I have been able to correct those.

Maybe the agent details are misleading? More photos required?

BrilloPad
7th September 2015, 10:47
our buyers were polite to our face, then bought it and ripped it up.

Not the ManShack? :eek:

It was probably too soiled for further use...

Gumbo Robot
7th September 2015, 10:49
Maybe the agent details are misleading? More photos required?

Possibly but all the floor plans are there & there are about 20 pics on RightMove.

It just seems that some people struggle with the concept of a cottage. Which is exactly how it is marketed.

vetran
7th September 2015, 11:00
Not the ManShack? :eek:

It was probably too soiled for further use...

no the last house.

you are probably right, the wife keeps complaining about the splinters she gets. :smokin

gables
7th September 2015, 11:03
Possibly but all the floor plans are there & there are about 20 pics on RightMove.

It just seems that some people struggle with the concept of a cottage. Which is exactly how it is marketed.

Maybe, but some people are just plain rude

BrilloPad
7th September 2015, 11:27
Maybe, but some people are just plain rude

Not on CUK.

MarillionFan
7th September 2015, 12:23
our buyers were polite to our face, then bought it and ripped it up.

My wife was horrified as we had done lots of work that people had been impressed by.

I was pragmatic, we had sold it and had the money to buy a much bigger place in a nice little close.

Remember you are after their money not their friendship. Sometimes their comments make sense and you can do something about them.


I have shown buyers round ever house I have sold. Never received any ridiculous comments. Sometimes people have "misunderstandings" and I have been able to correct those.

Maybe the agent details are misleading? More photos required?

You definitely don't want to be ripping up floorboards or digging up patios at any of Brillopads ex-houses. :eek:

#hautdelagarenne

vetran
7th September 2015, 12:41
Maybe, but some people are just plain rude

in that case, remember they are buying your old cast off house so you can buy a bigger one :wink

AtW
7th September 2015, 13:41
I have shown buyers round ever house I have sold. Never received any ridiculous comments. Sometimes people have "misunderstandings" and I have been able to correct those. Maybe the agent details are misleading? More photos required?

Yeah, but you were dressed like Batman

AtW
7th September 2015, 13:42
Maybe, but some people are just plain rude

No they ain't, you ****!

tarbera
7th September 2015, 22:18
When is your baby due I asked

Buyer - I'm not pregnant

SueEllen
7th September 2015, 22:23
our buyers were polite to our face, then bought it and ripped it up.

My wife was horrified as we had done lots of work that people had been impressed by.

I was pragmatic, we had sold it and had the money to buy a much bigger place in a nice little close.



With estate agents you can giggle about people's "interesting" decor with the owners you have to pretend you love it, when in reality you know what's going.