Every home seller wants us to get Top Dollar for their home. We understand.
I was showing homes in the $400-$500k range yesterday, and two of the homes back-to-back made the point exactly. Both were 12-years old.
The first was clearly "used up." It appeared that the owner bought it new, lived in it for 12-years without so much as a minor touch-up along the way. They put it on the market with crayon marks and deep scratches on the walls, carpet needing stretching, and paint faded and discolored.
The second was clearly "kept up." This awesome property was immaculate, and looked like it was kept up every day. Matter of fact, the owner was cleaning the storm door as we arrived a couple minutes early. Every room, every surface, every detail looked like a builder model home at the start of the development. A pleasure to show!
The homes were priced the same. Guess which one gets sold for top dollar in it's first 10-days on the market?
So, sellers, tell me: Is your home kept up or used up?