Is Your House Haunted Mr. and Mrs. Seller...if so, I will have a hard time selling it!

Reblogger Andy Kress
Real Estate Agent with Rental Solutions Oahu

Have you ever seen a trail of dead spiders in a home? Have you opened a closet door and had a bunch of stuff fall out? Have you walked into what you thought was an empty house only to find someone walk out of a back room unannounced? This blog gives me a new outlook on these situations. Very funny and true too-

Original content by William Feela 20398180

Now many people say that Ghosts and Spirits are all nonsense.  Well, That could be and maybe not, I do not have the expertise in this area to debate this forum.

But what I do know is that many houses 'feel' Haunted all year long.  Here are just a few examples that you may want to check for if you are selling your home.  Little things that may make a good buyer turn tail and run!

When you open a closet door, does a "GHOST' jump out at you?  I have seen buyers open a closet door only to have some kind of clothing...usually bedtime attire...come flying at them.  Those space saver hangers attached to the doors will cause items to do that.

When you look under the sink, do see dead bodies?  Ok, everyone may have a mouse here or there once in a while, but when you catch it in the trap, remove it.  Don't just leave it there and set a new trap.

Do you raise attack spiders.  Maybe not intentionally, but a buyer may feel that way when they walk into the basement that is supposed to be finished and is covered with spider webs 1/2 way down the stairs.

When you open a door do you get that eerie feeling?  You know the sound, (If I knew how to type it I would), it is that steady variable squeak of the hinges as you slowly open the closet or basement door, because a 'GHOST' jumped out at you from the last closet.

Is your home ready for a seance at all times?   Are the rooms so dark and dreay that you expect 'Madame see it all' to come out from behind a curtain at any moment.

When people drive by do they look at the outside of your home and wonder if anyone lives there anymore?   Do you have torn screens and cracked windows.   A missing railing or two.  An unmowed lawn with various junk, that should thrown away, still scattered around the yard.

These are just a few of the issues that can make it hard to sell your home.  Today's home buyers are looking for the best deal and if there are any little issues they are deducting thousands of dollars from their offer.

Much of this stuff will cost only time to fix.  Some, just by opening the shades on the windows will make the home feel warm and inviting.

But, if you feel these things do not deter a buyer, then maybe you should sell tickets for a few days while the season is still here.

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Cookie Hooper
True Blue Realty - Arvada, CO
Real Estate Sales & Property Management

Andy,

Very creatively worded blog post! Thanks for the reminder that we can gently or humorously let our Sellers know what needs to be changed in a home before we list it. 

Oct 30, 2010 06:10 AM #1
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Rebecca Nystrom
RE/MAX Renaissance - Phoenix, AZ

Love the humor.  Agree with Cookie regarding gently telling our clients to clean up or loose money.

Oct 30, 2010 06:20 AM #2
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Loren Castillo
eXp Realty - Portland, OR

Great article but I have shown haunted houses and been scared so bad that me and the client ran out of the house and I never showed it again.  

Oct 30, 2010 06:36 AM #3
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