Selling a Home is an Inconvenient Process

avatarthumbnail.jpgThere’s no other way to explain it …

Between strangers traipsing through your home and looking through your closets, the need to keep your home from looking lived in even while you’re living in and the necessity of making all those minor repairs you’ve lived without for so long, selling a home is highly inconvenient.

And that’s just before you have an accepted purchase contract.

Earlier this week, we received an offer on my listing at 10649 W. Adela. According to the Arizona Association of REALTORS’ purchase contract, the buyers have 10 days from the date of contract acceptance to complete all due diligence including home inspections.

Here in the Phoenix real estate market it’s common practice on an occupied house to give the owners a day or so notice, just in case there may be something unforeseen that would prevent or inhibit the inspection. (The contract says the seller has to give the buyer and their inspectors access but doesn’t specify when or with what notice.)

This morning, my sellers awoke to the sound of the home inspector knocking on their front door. Their first call was to me, asking why I hadn’t told them the inspector was coming. It was a simple if unfortunate answer – no one told me.

As we speak the inspection is continuing on … fortunately they were able to accommodate the short-notice no-notice request.

The morale? As a real estate professional I do everything I can to try and make the buying or selling process as simple as possible. But sometimes I’m only as good as the other folks involved in the transaction.

Even in the smoothest of sales there will be inconveniences – of this I can be absolutely certain. Because selling a home is a very, very inconvenient process.

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Jonathan Dalton

Jonathan Dalton is a 40-plus-year resident of the Valley and has been helping folks buy and sell homes since 2004. He can be reached at 602-502-9693 or info at