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What to Do When the Previous Owner Comes Back

by Liza Vernazza 12/01/2019

Photo by JayMantri via Pixabay

When you buy a new-to-you home, foremost on your mind is changing everything to make it yours. You paint the inside and even remodel the kitchen. A priority is removing the old carpet and installing new flooring. Lower on the list are changes to the exterior, but they are on the list. If you bought the house from family or people known to you, they might want to come check out the changes you’ve made. Sometimes, though, you notice a former owner driving by, and because you don’t know them, you don’t know what to think.

Should You Worry?

It’s doubtful. People move from a home for many reasons. Sometimes, it’s because they’ve improved their income and moved to a bigger home. Other times, the move was due to financial hardship, divorce or death. In the case of the latter three, the former owner naturally needs a time of grieving to deal with their loss and the home may represent a place of happiness for them. Or, it may be a reminder of their lost spouse or family member. Some folks like to drive by the homes they’ve lived in merely because they’ve moved away and are home for a visit. If the former owner built the house, seeing it may evoke a sense of pride that something they created still stands and shelters another family. If the house belonged to their grandparents or parents, they may simply need to see it to be in contact with their roots now and again. Humans form an emotional attachment to their homes and, even though they’ve moved on, might find it hard letting go.
Some families stay in the same neighborhood when they move so that children remain in the same school. Or, they may still have family and friends in the neighborhood, so driving past is incidental. It could simply be happenstance that they must drive past the old home to get to the new.

Does It Matter?

It might be worth your time to meet them and find out. They may have stories about the house that inform how you proceed with a remodel. What you thought of as an odd niche may be a boarded up dumbwaiter or fireplace. Each tree in the yard may have been planted at the birth of a child. Knowing your home’s history might give you a sense of its place in the community and even make it more valuable when you go to sell it.

Safety First

If you feel unsafe, for any reason, contact the police. There’s likely no cause for concern. In fact, you may find yourself doing the same thing when you move away. Make the effort to change a few things like painting the front door a vibrant color. Or, change out the garage door. Rearrange the flowerbeds and plant some bushes or a hedge. The more it visibly becomes your home, the less it will seem like theirs.
If you’d like to meet the former owners, talk to your real estate agent to see if they can arrange a meeting for you. Who knows, they might have a wealth of information that saves you from renovation mistakes down the line.
About the Author
Author

Liza Vernazza

Since 1988 Liza has assisted her clients and friends to realize their dream of homeownership. Whether it be a small condo or a large home, with her strong people skills and negotiating skills, she has assisted them to buy or sell the property of their choice. 1031 Tax Deferred Exchanges, First Time Buyers, Move-up buyers and sellers, Probate and Trust sales are just a few of the types of transactions Liza is experienced in. Additionally, she has successfully represented investors, short sale transactions and bank owned or REO properties. If you are looking for a Realtor that is current with the market, give Liza a call and see the difference!

Education:

Liza recieved the Lifetime Million Dollar Club Award in 1990 only after two years in the Real Estate Business. As a graduate of Anthony's School of Real Estate and a member of the California Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors and the local SAMCAR Board of Realtors, Liza is always actively pursuing educational opportunities to enhance and further her knowledge of the real estate business.

Professional Philosophy:

"I pledge to earn the loyalty of you, my client, and to be sensitive to your concerns and your needs. I will give you 100% of myself and I will share in your enthusiasm and excitement of finding that special home or marketing your old home. I have a love for my work and continue my education to strive for excellence."

Personal Background:

Liza has lived all her life in the San Carlos and Redwood City area. She is married with two beautiful children and one dog. Currently living in the Emerald Hills area of Redwood City, Liza has been an active volunteer and supporter of Roy Cloud School and and is a current volunteer and a member of the Parent's Association at Notre Dame High School.

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