Grease is not the word unless it's attached to Elbow!

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty

Remember the movie with Olivia Newton John; "Grease"? Grease is not the word unless it's attached to Elbow! What am I talking about?

I went to a home today to take photos for a new listing. The location is ideal located just a few blocks from an appealing downtown district for dining and shopping with all kinds of cafes, restaurants and unique shops. As I pulled up into the driveway, I thought the Cleaning home to sellcurb appeal wasn't too bad, of course, not real good either, but okay.  I was greeted by a family member of owner and started my way through the home. Yuck, is the first word that comes to mind:

  • unmade Master bed with one crumpled sheet strewn across bed.
  • a few pairs of mismatched shoes tossed over heavily stained carpeting that carpeted the entire home.
  • dirty Bathroom & Kitchen
  • smelly
  • You get the idea

After we left the home, my Photographer and I went to that appealing downtown district and sat at an outdoor cafe having coffee and delicious sweets discussing the condition of this home. I will never understand why dirty, unkempt homes exist, especially when you're trying to sell a home! There are exceptions ,particularly if you're sick or elderly but other than that....Hmmm.  We often attribute this to ones up bringing in how we care for our homes and it just seems to go on and on from one generation to another.  How will the cycle of dirty homes ever be broken if we learn from our parents?  I guess that explains why my home is always well cared for, as both of my parents were neat freaks always having a lovely home. What did your parents teach you?

What's the cost of a little elbow grease, however? Nothing. Get some soap & water and get cleaning particularly when you're trying to sell your home. When a homes surface is unkempt a new Buyer can only imagine what's beneath the surface and that vision isn't pretty; there goes that price you wanted to sell your home for!

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Pamela Seley
West Coast Realty Division - Murrieta, CA
Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA

Lynn, I have resigned myself to fate that not everyone views cleanliness the same way, or has the same standards.  

Dec 03, 2011 08:00 PM #13
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Charita Cadenhead
Keller Williams Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)

My mother was and still is an excellence housekeeping and prior to starting a career in real estate in 2006, so was I.  I don't live in filth, but house is not as spotless as it used to be.

Dec 03, 2011 10:51 PM #14
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Andrew Mooers
MOOERS REALTY - Houlton, ME
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

It helps if you and the buyers for some real estate house listings have the early stages of a major head cold when you tour. "Dirty but nice" seems like the fairly priced, looks like Stephen King made a movie here home listing you are talking about in the above blog post. Anything will sell if fairly priced, marketed full throttle and promote what you have for the real estate cards you hold. You can win a game with enough twos and threes and all the cards don't have to be multi colored face ones.

Dec 03, 2011 11:51 PM #15
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Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566
Maybe the Seller does not feel well physically or mentally. However, perhaps their checkbook does so you can hire the crew in lieu of the grease. Payment at settlement can be negotiated with someone.
Dec 04, 2011 12:20 AM #16
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Jill Sackler
Broker Associate, Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. "Said and Done!" - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

I think comment #13 was spot on. I've met a lot of people who didn't even realize their house was dirty. That was just normal for them. Sometimes, there are reasons why it can't be cleaned but, often, owners feels it's clean enough for them and therefore, for everyone else.

Dec 04, 2011 01:08 AM #17
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Melissa Zavala
Broadpoint Properties - Escondido, CA
Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County

Like yours, my home is always ship shape. But, I have come to realize that each of us is different and that is not something that I can expect from others. Crazy, huh?

Dec 04, 2011 01:23 AM #18
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

My wife keeps a beautiful home full of scents, visuals, orderliness and eye candy. I have even let her do my open houses too...Her standards are so high I have to remind myself that she is the exception and not the rule when visiting with others....Everything in my home smells good...no exceptions. Amazing experience

Dec 04, 2011 02:03 AM #19
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Erica Ramus
Erica Ramus - Ramus Realty Group - Pottsville, PA - Pottsville, PA
MRE, Schuylkill County PA Real Estate

An agent and I went to a very high end home to photograph and the seller didn't even bother to clean up before we came. And she knew we were coming. Why?????

Dec 04, 2011 02:24 AM #20
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Steve Warrene
Your Town Realty - Lower Burrell, PA
Pittsburgh Real Estate Investment Specialists

Lynn, I also agree with Pam #13.  We all have different standards.  As for me, Living in a messy house would drive me crazy.  If we have to look at it everyday and it's messy, why not clean it.  But then again that is me and I understand what Pam is saying

Dec 04, 2011 06:34 AM #21
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Lanre-"THE REAL ESTATE FARMER" Folayan
Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC - Bowie, MD
I don't make promises.I deliver results.

Lynn Sellers have to always put themselves in the home buyers shoe when they put their house on the market. Besides they home owners were sellers once. I am sure when they brought the house it was in good condition. You want to get a house sold,make it sellable period. Congratulations on the Gold Star Lynn.

Dec 04, 2011 07:29 AM #22
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Lynn Pineda
Keller Williams Realty - Coral Springs, FL
Coral Springs REALTOR- Promises Delivered

Angel, thanks for your comment and yes, too many of us have unfortunately this type of home

Pamela, so true...there are so many different viewpoints on what makes a listing "right"!

Charita, I can relate exactly to what you describe as that is how I grew up and I too used to keep a more tip top shape home yet being in Real Estate and being so busy you just have to draw the line somewhere in order to have some type of life and not always be working and cleaning.

Andrew I agree if you price the  home right according to its condtion it will sell it's just too bad that Sellers don't realize that a little elbow grease can bring in more $'s!

Cheryl, you're right as there are always exceptions

Jill yes, we all don't view things the same and our homes aren't an exception to that rule. Pamela did say it well

 

Dec 04, 2011 09:03 AM #23
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Lynn Pineda
Keller Williams Realty - Coral Springs, FL
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Melissa, I guess it all makes the world go round. If we were all the same what would we have to blog about! :)

Richie, you sound like one lucky fella! Cherish your angel. :)

Erica, we see it's not class specific either. Dirt & grime goes with rich & poor, doesn't it?

Steve, Pam does have a common held belief I believe. It just seems that a little common sense when selling a home would go a long way. If you had to choose dirty or clean, I"d say most would go with the clean so to me, that's where the common sense comes into play. But that goes into a whole other topic of those lacking in common sense, doesn't it?! LOL

Lanre, thanks! You get the gold star: "... want to get your home sold make it "sellable"!

 

 

 

Dec 04, 2011 09:11 AM #24
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Ciara Brennan
Mass Homes Realty - Hanover, MA

I also do a lot of rentals in my market and I can tell you, I can walk the same couple into the same unit twice, if it is clean and well decorated they love it. If it is messy they can not get out fast enough.

Having a clean home makes all the difference when you are trying to sell.

 

With that being said, my home is far from clean. I am a single mother with a young daughter. When I am not working real estate, I am writing reports (my other job), when I am not doing that, I am trying to spend some quality time with my daughter. It is important to me to have a clean house but I do have other things that are more important. Of course, if I was trying to sell my home, my priorities would probably change!

Dec 04, 2011 11:11 AM #25
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Lynn Pineda
Keller Williams Realty - Coral Springs, FL
Coral Springs REALTOR- Promises Delivered

Hi Ciara, I'm with you. If only all Sellers understood the importance of neat & clean.

Dec 07, 2011 08:36 AM #26
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Even nature keeps house...Birds are constantly cleaning out their nests...

Jun 24, 2014 11:37 PM #27
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Lynn Pineda
Keller Williams Realty - Coral Springs, FL
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Excellent point Richie! :)

Jun 25, 2014 12:15 AM #28
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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Lynn- it's hard to imagine that anyone would think of selling their home... having people walk in and see it... without giving it a more than thorough cleaning.  A good cleaning can make all the difference in the world. 

Jun 26, 2014 11:44 AM #29
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Lynn Pineda
Keller Williams Realty - Coral Springs, FL
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Oh, I know Kathy, it's just shocking - I don't get it, ever!

Jun 26, 2014 11:52 AM #30
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
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Tell me about it.... I recently got a beautiful new house to list. All was great.....but the mess. I had the same situation, when I came to take pictures, nothing was cleaned, piles and piles of 'staff' everywhere. The same happened during my first open house( and the last one). Too bad, since the house can be sold for much much higher price if it would have been cleaned.

Aug 12, 2014 05:34 PM #31
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Lynn Pineda
Keller Williams Realty - Coral Springs, FL
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Inna Ivchenko we see it all too often, don't we? What's amazing is that it is the most cost effective thing a Seller can do to profit from the sale of their home.  When they don't clean up, they're throwing away money.

Aug 13, 2014 02:41 AM #32
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