Q Is there any way we can vet who comes to look around our house when we put it up for sale?
AI’m interested in why you ask the question.
For instance, are you just worried about having a whole bunch of complete strangers traipsing through your house – which under normal circumstances would be perfectly natural?
Or, are you perhaps more concerned about trying to control the sort of person who might want to buy it?
Of course, no-one wants time-wasters, and it is a key part of your agent’s job to weed them out – although the truth is that some people really do buy on impulse.
However, let’s assume for the sake of argument that the real time-wasters - those with neither the real desire to buy your house nor the wherewithal to do so - have been weeded out.
What then about those hoards of strangers? Relax. Most agents worth their salt these days are happy to do accompanied viewings – in fact, many actually prefer to do so. Not surprisingly, in these increasingly busy times, many sales actually happen without seller and buyer ever meeting face to face at all.
So, as far as viewings are concerned, all you really need to do is make sure that all small, easily portable items of any value are safely tucked away out of sight, and then leave things to the professionals. Trying to influence the sort of person who buys your property is a rather different kettle of fish. Again, as I said, you are perfectly entitled to sell your property to whoever you like.
Nevertheless, as in most aspects of life, discrimination by race, colour, creed, gender or sexual orientation has no place in estate agency.
Indeed, it would be against the law, and no reputable agent would have anything to do with it.
At the end of the day, of course, it’s your house, and subject to those laws you have a perfect right to choose who you allow into it, and to whom you decide to sell it.
Nevertheless, as a general rule, if you are really serious about selling, then it doesn’t make much sense to try and restrict the number of potential buyers.
Indeed, the more the merrier!