5 Common Requests Buyers Have Before Making An Offer

5 Common Requests Buyers Have Before Making An Offer

Selling your home is an exciting time. It can also be one of the most stressful things you’ve ever done. The process is typically very long, and at some points, it will seem like even if your home is perfect, it won’t sell. But there are some things you can do to make the process more enjoyable and less stressful. Here are a few requests buyers make before they buy your home.

Include Furniture or Appliances

One of the most common requests from buyers is to include furniture or appliances in the home. Whether it is a living room set, dining room table, washer/dryer set, or refrigerator, make sure you consider including items that are important to your buyer.

If you have items that you don’t want to take with you when you move, you can use this to your advantage by including those items in your listing. This can make your home more appealing. Just make sure that you are only leaving behind quality furniture. Buyers will not be too happy if you leave them with leftover junk that you no longer want.

Negotiate For A Lower Price

When house hunting, a buyer might find the perfect home. It may be exactly what they want and in their price range. Or it might not. It can be hard to put an offer in on a home that is listed for more than you want to pay. But there are ways to lower the price of the home without affecting its value.

As the seller, you have some flexibility when it comes to negotiating with potential buyers. If your home is worth $300,000 but priced at $350,000, the buyer may ask you to negotiate the price with them.

You might be tempted to refuse, especially if you’re counting on the money to buy a new house or pay off existing bills. But remember you still have other offers coming in and plenty of time before a deal must be finalized. Negotiating in good faith could result in a more favorable deal for both you and the buyer.

Have Replacement Costs of Old Appliances Included

Buying a new home sometimes means that you’ll need to replace the appliances that come with it. As the seller, you may not want to bother replacing your outdated appliances. But your buyer may not want to foot the bill for them either.

The best compromise here may be the buyer’s request to have the replacement costs of old appliances taken off the home’s purchase price.

Consider all the appliances, not just those in the kitchen. Air conditioners, furnaces and other heating options, water heaters, water softening or filtering systems, and well pumps are all home appliances as well.

After all, appliances are an important part of your home - they should come included!

Get Repairs or Improvements Done Before The Sale

A buyer is gushing about your home. It’s perfect. Exactly what they dreamed of. Except for this one little thing. It needs to be painted or the roof needs repairs. When this happens, the buyer will often request that these repairs or improvements be made before the sale is done.

You do have some wiggle room here, however. You can choose to hire a residential roofing company to do the work before the sale as requested. Or you can knock some money off the purchase price so the buyers can do the work themselves after the purchase.

Request For A Closing Date As Soon As Possible

Closing dates vary and are based on many factors. Knowing the closing date when an offer is made is beneficial to both the buyer and seller. You'll both know how much time you have to act if you accept their offer. You’ll also be better able to recover if the buyer backs out of the sale after you accept their offer.

Some buyers will request a closing date as soon as possible. They don’t want to wait and draw the process out. Many buyers will make their request for a closing date when they submit an offer, but this can also be done any time before it's finalized.

There are plenty of other requests a buyer can make when purchasing your home. But these are some of the most common. Because they’re so common, they also tend to be ones that sellers are most flexible with. If you want to sell your home quickly, be prepared to work with a buyer on these requests.

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