On Friday, I went to an appointment for some carpeting. The house is for sale...and apparently, it's been on the market for 3 yrs (various agents...and the homeowner did not want to discuss this topic.) The homeowner (who does not live there) knows the carpet in the family room needs to be replaced...it is very dirty with all sorts of stains. I found her an inexpensive neutral and light colored carpet.
This was a summer home/2nd house for my customer. There are various "issues" with the house, even though it is fundamentally a good home in a nice area. Most of these issues can easily be addressed (e.g. get rid of the extra stuff there, replace the carpet, tidy up a bit). I encouraged my customer to do this and gave several suggestions (Yes, I learn a lot from the stagers and the agents here).
But, here's what boggled my mind and made me think "What on earth was the agent thinking?"
There are two parts of the driveway...one leads to the front door and one to the back door downstairs. The front door opens up to entrance/living room...all with hardwood floors and a beautiful view of the lawn and lots of beautiful trees. The back door is the basement which has vinyl (and lots of clutter and I think maybe even a spider web).
So where is the lockbox???? You guessed it, it's on the back door. Why would someone want the basement to be someone's first impression of the home??? It made no sense to me. I told my customer that is the simplest change that should be made...even before we install the carpet. (Or at least I hope she yes to the carpet).