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The Challenge Of Selling An Indoor Outhouse
Some years ago, I took a listing that was very much "an indoor outhouse." In addition to stray animals, they had stray people. It was a referral from a friend, and they needed my help! Stuff was piled high, and you could not walk through the rooms. Think about a hoarder. Dirty would have been a compliment, and these were bright, educated people with professional degrees. Go figure.
Now, this was a real challenge. How do I sell this dirty, messy, cluttered house?
To start, I told them to paint the dining room. It was packed floor to ceiling, and the table was piled three feet high with stuff. One would assume they would empty the space to paint it. Wrong assumption!
They moved everything one foot from the wall, painted, and moved it all back. We could not make a dent in the mess.
At the same time, I was working with a young musician and his fiancé. They wanted a large, new home that no one had lived in before. After a lot of searching, we found new construction that had three bedrooms, an unfinished lower level. It was in their price range, ready to go, but it did not have all they wanted. Still, ... more
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