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 curb 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
- 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!