First Impressions of a New Construction High End Model Home
Yesterday I had the occasion to take out some clients to look at a high end model home. It was a magnificent home on ten acres in Haymarket, VA priced about $800,000. My clients were actually sellers looking to see what their new construction competition was offering and how they stacked up. It was a great exercise in showing my Sellers what buyers can get for the same or less money, but that is not the point of this post.
What shocked all three of us was one stand out item of the model home. It wasn't the beautiful curved staircase, or hardwood floors. Not the custom floor to ceiling, scalloped window in the two story family room. No. Not even the kitchen with its fantastic granite surfaces and high end marble flooring. No. The first thing we noticed when we walked in was the smell of cigarette smoke.
Apparently, the sales gal on duty doesn't get much traffic through the home and gets a bit lazy about keeping the home in tip top shape. She's taken to smoking in the home. And beyond that, when I used the powder room on the way out, which is apparently where she puffs on her cigarettes, I noticed two other troublesome things. The toilet had a rust ring. Clearly, no one is cleaning it anymore. And the tiny little trash can, that the sales gal fills up during her days, is overflowing. She can fill it up, but not empty it.
The home was gorgeous, but left a bad impression on us. It doesn't take much to slowly slip into an old "lived in" routine when your home is on the market. Even if you are a salesperson in a model! It pays to stay of top of the chores and keep the home free of odor, trash and otherwise clean and neat. Bad impressions can cost you a sale, or money off your sales price.