Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Milton & Marcia Messier
They just don’t have a knack for keeping their home tidy. During the listing presentation, their agent explained to them the importance of preparing and maintaining the home during the listing period. The couple believes their home is fine just the way it is, that would-be buyers should appreciate the “lived-in” look and see its potential. If they want to buy a museum, they should go elsewhere. The Messier’s home has been on the market over 4 months, and they can’t quite figure out why they continue to receive negative feedback, and none of the prospects have hinted at presenting an offer.

The definition, according to Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, of tidy reads as follows: 1. Properly filled out: plump 2. Adequately satisfactory 3. Neat and orderly in appearance. So, if you’re a house hunter, tidy is what you’re expecting when your agent opens the door. But what if that’s not the case? What will your thoughts be?

My Advice: Milton and Marcia, you can’t be serious. Selling 101 tells you, along with the counsel of your agent, that when you put your house on the market, your way of living changes until the home is sold. Why? As a rule of thumb, unless your home is marketed as a distressed property, buyers are expecting to walk into a tidy environment. When personal belongings are put away and every space is clean, the home shows better and they are able to picture themselves living there. Your unwillingness to tidy up makes me question your motivation to sell. Feedback is requested for a reason, and if several agents are relaying the same message: dirty house, you should take heed. Get your head out of the sand and clean your house!

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