I wanted to re-blog this because of a great personal real estate story., and because Valerie makes some OUTSTANDING POINTS.
I remember one house where they took the trophies off the wall.....The eventual buyers invited the sellers to the house warming along with the agents and brokers and assistants.
The Party was a huge success, (In fact the buyers agent didn't show, didn't even RSVP and wasn't really noticed until I asked to meet him, since he didn't attend the closing) when I asked it was mentioned that he didn't have time to return the invite or RSVP so they didn't know if he was going to attend. (The Comment was made that he was Probably fixing his Hot Air Balloon)
Anyway.....guess what was on the wall..............In almost the same places. VERY SIMILIAR TROPHIES!
My sellers were laughing at me, but when we all five discussed it......the Buyers would have loved to seen the sellers collection and so a dinner party was arranged, and I was the only Realtor Invited. We had Venison of course and it was OUTSTANDING! So far I have been invited three times to go hunting with the sellers and have been able to go once....(Canada is a bit far for me)
As to the URNS......I have another VERY FUNNY story involving three Urns and Macdill AFB. That I will save for my own BLOG
Buyers talk about finding 'the' house, about a feeling when they are in some homes and sometimes they talk about karma. What they are really saying is that the home appeals to all of their senses, If you are putting your house on the market, look around your home for anything dead in the house and either toss it or pack it away for your next home. What should you take away?
- Stuffed animals and fish. Some basements are a museum to the owner's hunting and fishing exploits.
- Skins. You might be surprised how many people have animal skins hanging on the wall or on the floor. Why alienate animal activist Buyers?
- Dried flowers and dried flower wreaths. You may have saved your wedding bouquet but that was then and this is now. Put the flowers away. Use fresh flowers, fruit and beautiful green leaves. Yes artificial flowers and trees last longer than real but they also say dead and dusty.
- Dead spiders and spider webs. If the spiders are not dead try a catch and release to the great outdoors. Think - NO BUGS!
- Don't serve the dog a big knuckle bone during the sale. Either it is on the kitchen floor and looks yukky or it is out in the yard and makes Buyers wonder what has been killed.
- Urns with the ashes of deceased pets or family members. Yes, you have put the urn in a place of respect because of your love for the deceased. You may have even staged a little corner with flowers and photos with the urn. However, during the sale, it is best to move the shrine and urn to a new far less visible location.
- Finally, and most important during the fall and winter, check your mouse traps before every showing. You might go years without a mouse and then, just when you have a For Sale sign on the front lawn, the mice move in. Think - NO TRAPPED MICE.
Make your house overflow with life and vitality.
Photo credit: Hearst Castle - Stuffed Owl
I poured Spot Remover on my dog. Now he is gone.