No Please, Keep Brushing Your Teeth…

You’ve done all your research, you’ve made your list of houses you want to hit on a sunny Saturday afternoon (click here to download our House Hunting “Get Yer Sh*t Together” checklist!) You had breakfast, feel productive and are ready to hit the housing market. You pull up and park near a house and meet your agent, however, something doesn’t seem quite right. Are those cars in the driveway? Did some kid just peek out the window?!

What your agent forgot to tell you (or the selling agent forgot to mention to them) is that this residence is currently still occupied by tenants. Sometimes, these tenants will do their best to be courteous and leave or wait outside while you check out their place. Other times, they are bitter about being removed from their current housing and will make that feeling known as you are viewing their home. Can’t blame them for feeling this way (depending on the circumstances), so try to approach this with as open a mind as possible.

Not only is this situation unbearably awkward, but it is also hard to visualize this space as your own. Their furniture and personal belongings are still in place, there is old food left out on the counter from what seems like at least the night before, someone is using the bathroom. Also sssh, you can’t see that bedroom because there are two kids still asleep in there!

Whatever you are currently gazing upon in complete and utter amazement, try to imagine a house underneath all the rubble. Oh look, there’s a beautiful bay window behind that closed curtain. The backyard has a lot of potential if you pull the cars out of there. Under this stained carpet with cigarette burns, I bet there is some beautiful hardwood. The possibilities could be endless.

Whatever you are currently gazing upon in complete and utter amazement, try to imagine a house underneath all the rubble.

If you are not a visual person, ask your agent specific questions about the building to help you better envision it as your own. Or even better, see if there might be a better time to view the place. Don’t dismiss a potential diamond because the current occupants are presently digging in your mine.

Lori Hardworth

Lori is a native New Yorker with a chip on her shoulder who found it as hard, as it was easy, to embrace the west coast culture and vibe. Three years and many trips to Whole Foods later, she is working in the film industry (Hollywood, babe!) and is happily in love with Eric and their new home. As an evolved punk/ska kid, Lori embraces a compassionate lifestyle complete with a thick Long Island accent. She enjoys cooking for others, eating snacks, being in nature and making South Park references wherever possible.

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