Have you ever walked up to a house and known from the start, you might have a staging problem.
- When you have to walk in the lawn because toys are blocking the side walk
- The only thing that has bothered the leaves in the front yard is the dogs bathroom habits
- You have trouble finding the keybox because the kids have thrown a blanket over the rail, where it's attached, for a fort.
- You can't open the front door enough to squeeze through with your client
- You have to choose which trail to take through the living room to the kitchen
- Your client asks if you bothered to call for an appointment, when you see the kitchen
- The guest bath's toilet has not been flushed
- When you get to the stairs and your client asks "Where's the front door, I've seen enough?"
I take the time to call the night before for an appointment for two reasons;
- To allow the seller fair warning that we'll be coming
- To allow the seller the time to straighten up the house to optimize the showing
To add insult to injury, I received a lengthy phone message from the listing agent about not leaving a business card and not turning the bathroom light off.
I replied by telling the agent to have her client check on the kitchen counter for my card and how sorry I was for not shutting off that light.
I was embarrassed because I thought this house was a good fit for my buyer.
I understand how hard it is to have your house in showing condition however first impressions are everything in this market.
Authored by Paul S. Henderson, Realtor ®, RE/MAX Professionals, Lacey, WA.
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