When you are in the market for a new house you will probably look at quite a few houses. Some of them may be in pristine shape while others can have quite a few things wrong with them. No matter what shape the house is in, you want to make sure you don't offend the seller if they are present when you are looking at their home. Here are some things you should know about offending sellers:
Don't feel the need to point out every flaw
When you go to look at something for sale it can become a habit to point out the things that are wrong with the item. This is a common strategy for trying to get a seller to go down in price. While you can talk about obvious issues in order to find out information, such as talking about the roof that obviously needs to be replaced, you don't want to go overboard to the point of being offensive. For example, don't go through a house and point out that you will probably need to have it fumigated because it has to be infested or point out their less-than stellar housekeeping in any other way.
There is no reason to pick apart someone's home to the point of shaming them. Remember, this is the place they have come to know as their home and no matter what shape it is in they don't want to be insulted. It is possible for a seller to get so offended that they decide not to accept your offer simply because they feel you were so rude.
Don't talk about all the changes you plan on making
When you are looking around a house you may see many areas where you would change things. While it may be okay to mention a couple, you don't want to go through the house and discuss the plentiful things you plan on doing different. The more you talk about changing the house the more it starts to sound insulting and the seller will more than likely eventually take offense.
You can ask questions later
If you do have concerns about many things about the house, you can discuss the obvious ones on the spot if you would like the seller's input, but save the majority of sensitive questions for another time when you can speak to your real estate agent without the seller present. The agent can then contact the seller's agent for answers on those concerns without offending the seller.