Listing homes that aren't ready

Home Stager with a little bit of red Interior RE-design LLC

I am so frustrated with sellers who don't get it. Or is it Realtors? The home is listed before the bathroom remodels are done (they were empty, with bathtubs and sinks sitting around--we didn't buy it.) The home is listed with no counters in yet. Why not wait until they are finished and looking great? The home is listed before the painting is done. Who picked out those colors???

Everybody knows that the first couple of weeks generate the most interest. So then why not have the home looking the best it can possibly be from day one? I have had my staged homes sell in 4, 5, 7, 9, 12, and ... days. They were ready to be photographed and put on the Internet. They were ready for buyers to come in and appreciate all they had to offer because those special features were highlighted. They looked beautiful, and the buyers bought them.

I just don't get why homes are listed before they are ready. Am I missing something?

Comments (4)

Lisa Bear (RE/MAX REALTY CENTER) Waukesha,MilwWI Real Estate 2628935555
Buyers Agent/Luxury/Lake/REO, listing package options - Oconomowoc, WI

isn't crazy..... and they still want top dollar!  Good luck in 2011

Mar 26, 2011 02:05 PM
Donald Reich
Prudential Centennial - New Rochelle, NY

All sellers are crazy! They all think there house is worth twice what it really is!

Mar 26, 2011 02:10 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Mary - You will have difficult time dealing with this particular seller. Thank you for sharing an educational blog.

Mar 26, 2011 05:14 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

I sometimes equate selling a house to selling your used car.

You take the car to the Mechanic.   The oil is changed, the brakes are checked, everything is certified Okay.  Then the car goes to the Detail Shop, for a Total Cleaning, not just vacuum cleaning, Armor All, and Wax, but even the engine is steam cleaned.

But your House?   "Let's just put it on the Market as is, and see what happens."

It makes no sense.

Mar 26, 2011 05:49 PM