Seller lists a custom built 4 bedroom, 3 bath, and open floor plan home with a wrap-around porch located on 10 acres close to quality amenities listed for $350,000.00! The owners are anxious to sell! Easy!
The listing agent prepares the documents, takes pictures, and discusses how the owners would like showings to happen. Would a lock-box or a key at the listing agent’s office be more convenient? The usual items are covered. The owners say no need for keys or a lock-box, they will leave the house unlocked.
First showing for the agent! Agent greets the potential buyers in the driveway, enters the three car garage, steps on first entry landing and is greeted with multiple bags of garbage, maintains conversation, then steps inside into the laundry room, dirty clothes scattered about all over the floor.
Enter kitchen. House smells of greasy sausage and eggs. Three loads of laundry nicely folded on dining room table. Busy mom! Must have caught her off guard.
Let’s finish touring the home the agent says. There were two living rooms, each with fifty-two TV screens. It seems not much quality family time enjoyed here. We head upstairs to look at the four bedrooms. The beds are nicely made, although boxes are stacked ceiling high in the corner. In one bedroom there are posters plastered over the walls. There are no curtains, just sheets draped over the windows. The bathroom did not have any redeeming qualities whatsoever.
“Why don’t we take a look around outside.”
Well you can certainly fill in “the blanks.” As I continued to chat with potential buyers I asked them if they could see themselves living here, knowing full well what their answer was going to be.
Here’s some beneficial advice! When you are trying to sell your home it is OK for the place to look “lived in,” but really do you want to be quite “this open” to potential buyers. My clients could not see beyond the seller’s lifestyle.
A good first impression is all I can hope for in a showing!