You're Selling A Home, Real Estate With An Odor From A Fire, Or Pigs On The Loose..The 4 Legged Kind.

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Real Estate Agent with MOOERS REALTY ME Broker License 106759

    

"Ooooooh  Oooooh That Smell." (Sang Way Way Off Key.)

A song sung by Lynyrd Skynyrd. A Maine home listed recently had an interesting past. One with pigs. The kind that went "Wee Wee Wee" all over the home, not all the way back to home. The former "rent with option to buy" purchaser that I did not maine cat photo imageset up, and that was long gone when I planted my real estate sign, had pigs in the place. Nooooo, not the two legged kind.

The four legged ones...the kind bacon is made from that you eat at breakfast.(Snort snort, grunting sound..cue the sound effects man.)

It must have been like a porker race track around the INSIDE of the home.

     And these little porkers were the Lance Armstrong type..very athletic and able to scale stairs so they were on the second floor too. (Holding nose, continuing to type).

    

Anyway the owner had everything cleaned out, windows opened..for a long long time. Replaced the floors with new subfloor but in the marketing we do not guarantee the pig odors won't come back on a hot Maine day.

The smell of pork cooking on a gas grill is one thing. The slow cooking odors building up as the heat rises is another when the smell is coming from the inside, the walls, the ceilings, the interior wood frame structure. The place was only on the market about three weeks because it has a super setting, up to 37 acres and a big red classic barn. The proximity to a lake did not hurt and all priced in the $50's! Any way one of the prospective buyers was nice enough to send me a link to solutions for smelly homes, or real estate we come into contact with. There is a contest called "My House Stinks" and free paint is available..if you get into gear before the time runs out. Contest ends in September. Here are the prizes.

*Post pictures or videos of your smelly room that needs a makeover
*Grand Prize: 12 gallons of Refresh paint and $5,000
*2nd Place: 8 gallons and $2,500
*3rd Place: 4 gallons and $1,000

Hope this helps someone that has a listing you only enjoy showing when you have a major head cold or borderline pneumonia. Odors, smells from garbage, cats, pigs, people that just did not get an "A" in sanitation class or housekeeping 101. We're on the lookout for the dirtiest real estate with the stink to high heaven smells radiating, pulsating, sprewing out of it. Do you have it listed or have your shown it..bringing the odor home with you on your clothes?

Maine REALTOR Andrew Mooers - Maine, It's What's Been Missing In Your Life, Where You Live Now.

Comments (7)

Melissa Zavala
Broadpoint Properties - Escondido, CA
Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County

Well . . . if you sell enough real estate, you see and smell all kinds, I guess!

Aug 15, 2009 01:46 AM
Rick Cordisco
Pocono Mountain Lakes Realty - Lake Harmony, PA
Pocono Real Estate Professional

Andrew, Funny post. Nothing surprises me in the real estate business anymore.

Aug 15, 2009 01:47 AM
Bob Haywood
McGraw Realtors - Owasso, OK
BobHaywood.com

Pigs...in the house?  Are you kidding me?  You just never know!  Thanks for the laugh

Aug 15, 2009 01:51 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
MOOERS REALTY - Houlton, ME
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Some of the places we get into over the last 29 years of peddling property look like Stephen King made a movie there. But if you can find a buyer to overlook how the heck people live like that, and to stay focused holding their nose that the place is priced accordingly, many tackle the places. They make them into clean, mild mannered Clark Kent listings that you never would have known had a scary past. Oink Oink.

Aug 15, 2009 02:01 AM
Claudette Millette
The Buyers' Counsel - Ashland, MA
Buyer, Broker - Metrowest Mass

Andrew:  You are a superman among realtors to handle a listing like that. I would be ill just showing it. (I had one such event where I just had to wait out in the car.  I couldn't take it.)  Very amusing post.

I love do like Lynyrd Skynyrd and that particular song. On a side note, I saw Paul McCartney last week at Fenway Park. He was fabulous!  Catch him if you can.

Aug 15, 2009 02:19 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
MOOERS REALTY - Houlton, ME
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Fleas...had one home that they had a zillion cats..flea riddled. I could see them hopping on and off the buyer's tan pants. Anything can be over come, if priced right and the buyer has a stomach. I tell folks if you can't stomach the clean up of a bomb hit property...hire done the parts that make your stomach roll. Focus on the low low price and if you are willing to tackle what many would not, that is the guy/gal not afraid of any real estate nightmare. It's business..one that can make money for the person willing to go further, that can see the finished product not the current mess. Not every buyer can and banks don't want to touch these with a ten foot pole.

Aug 15, 2009 02:28 AM
Terry Chenier
Homelife Glenayre Realty - Mission, BC

Andrew,

Why not pigs in a house, I've seen everything else I think.

Aug 16, 2009 07:00 PM