The shit you have to deal with when you sell your house. Knowing what to expect will help you manage.

Vicki Moore
Published on June 19, 2017

The shit you have to deal with when you sell your house. Knowing what to expect will help you manage.


Selling your Pacifica house is exciting – thinking about new places, new memories.  A new chapter of your life is about to begin.  All you have to do is get through selling your house.   All the effort and work to get the house ready is a necessary evil.

Some of the annoyances you have to deal with are a real pain and a typical part of the process. Knowing what to expect can help alleviate some of the frustration.

1.  Last minute requests to see the house

One way to avoid some of the annoyance is for your realtor to field showing calls so you don’t have to talk to everybody who wants an appointment.  She’ll call you to make arrangements.

I always tell my clients not to let anyone in the house unless they hear from me.  Anyone can get a realtor business card and want entry to your house.  They’ll say, “Your agent said I could.”  Let your agent be embarrassed if they forget to tell you about an appointment.  Better than letting the wrong person in.

So there’s the irritation of having to clean and leave, and now you have to do it all at the last minute.  Try to be as accommodating as possible.  It’s only for a short time and then you’ll be out of there.

2.  No shows to viewing appointments

Then there are those rude people who make appointments they don’t show up for.  You’ve cleaned your Pacifica house and found something stupid to go do for an hour so they can come look at the house and they don’t show up.  Let your agent know; they’ll likely be more irritated for you than you are for yourself.  She’ll handle it.

3.  You come home to an unlocked door or open window

When you get home, make a habit of going around the house to be sure all the doors and windows are unlocked. When I’m showing a house, I’m always the last one out so I can check the doors before we leave. Inevitably a conversation will start – some sort of distraction will come up – and a door is left unlocked.  Always let your agent know so she can remind the other agent to be more careful.  We all need a reminder once in awhile, unless they’re careless idiots; then it’s always a good reminder to let them know they’ve done it again.

4.  Something in the house is damaged, stolen or dirty

When you sell your Pacifica house, you’re opening it to strangers.  Pack the things you’re concerned about getting broken or stolen.  All the little pocket-sized nicknacks should be packed.  Prescriptions, take them with you.  Anything related to personal identity should be put in a safe deposit box or home safe:  checkbooks, passports, credit cards, birth certificates.

I got a call from a listing agent looking for the teddy bear that had been taken from the sellers’ bed.  It was a wedding gift; they were devastated.  Don’t let that happen to you.  Remove those things from the house.

Let your agent know as soon as you see what’s happened.  It’ll be easier to narrow down which agent was there.

5.  You have to leave the house all day, all weekend, when all you want to do is stay home and watch the game – or HGTV

Open houses are convenient and ridiculous: Here’s a Pacifica house for sale, let’s open the front door and let every stranger from anywhere in. Makes absolutely no sense to me. Regularly, there’s a debate about whether or not houses are sold via the open house. The house gets exposure and the agent holding the open house picks up new business, true.

Open houses are on the edge of being extinct.  Our world is not what it used to be.  Things are regularly stolen; a few years ago, a group of two or three thieves were making it a habit to come into a house, distract the agent, then the others would steal what they could.  Realtors are being killed at open houses – that’s as bad as it gets.  What else has to happen?

There’s a private comment section in the MLS for agents to share info they don’t want going out to the public like access codes, etc.  At some point, we’re going to be using that section to promote open houses.  If you want to know if the house is going to be open, you have to talk to your agent or be brought to the open house with your agent.

6.  Not only do you have to leave for an hour, you have to take the dog with you

Believe it or not, not everybody likes dogs. I don’t know many of them but they do exist.  You want the buyer’s focus on the house, not the dog barking or jumping.  And btw, pick up all the poop every day.  

7. They’re insulting your house

That’s why I insist on you leaving for showings and not being there for open houses or agent tours. Look, selling is stressful enough, you don’t need to think about the lady who doesn’t like your decorating.

I used to get mad when someone made a negative comment about a house.  I wouldn’t say anything but I’d be irritated.  I don’t take it personally anymore and neither should you.  Don’t sweat the small stuff, right?!

8.  You get a low-ball offer

Our current market doesn’t see low-ball offers on Pacifica houses often but they do come up now and then. They’re typically given by a buyer looking for a deal; often it has nothing to do with the house. The buyer is new to the market and hasn’t been educated that low-ball offers are offensive and won’t start you in a positive direction in a relationship with the seller.  Or they’re investor throwing spaghetti at the wall.  Don’t take it personally.  Remember, selling your house is a business transaction.  The more you can separate your memories from the house, the better.

9. I had to add this hilarious one from Conor MacEvilly of My Seattle Home Search: Yes, strangers will pee in your toilet

Okay, maybe it’s not so hilarious when it’s your Pacifica house.

But the stories realtors have about people going potty in the open house…it’s really hard to avoid. Buyers are out for hours looking at houses and guess what? They gotta pee!

Don’t freak out, just add wiping down the toilets to the to-do list for after showings and open houses. Remember, this will be over soon.

10. The most annoying thing to happen when selling your house is that people will come to see the house unannounced

Really, they do that. Even agents do it! They’ll say, “Your agent said I could.” It’s not only irritating but it’s unsafe. If you read above, you know that I always tell my clients not to let anyone in unless they’ve heard from me.

People get excited or they’re just plain rude, they want to see your Pacifica house now, so what the heck? They just knock on the door. If you’re not expecting anyone, then don’t even get up. There’s no point in having a conversation with a rude person that’s going to irritate you.

Today’s Real Estate article “The annoyances you have to deal with when you sell your house. Knowing what to expect will help you manage.” was written by Vicki Moore, Northern California Relocation.

You’ll find Vicki selling homes in Mid Silicon Valley, San Mateo County, in the cities of  Foster City Homes and Condos For Sale, Pacifica Homes and Condos for SaleRedwood City Homes and Condos For SaleRedwood Shores Homes and Condos For SaleSan Carlos Homes and Condos For SaleSan Mateo Homes and Condos For Sale.

Call Vicki at 650-888-9268 or email [email protected] if you have questions about boosting your home’s value.

Vicki Moore, a licensed California Real Estate Agent serving Mid Silicon Valley | San Mateo County since 1998. Northern California Relocation, San Carlos, CA.

You can speak with Vicki by calling/texting her at 650-888-9268 or you can email her at: [email protected] if you need to buy or sell your Mid Silicon Valley home.

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