When it's appropriate to hire a Stripper

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Roth Wehrly Graber RB14042341


Bad Wallpaper     Some of you who follow my blog know that I'm
a big believer in first impressions and their importance. Particularly when it comes to having your home for sale. Curb appeal, the front door, how the home smells, the foyer closet (What's in your closet?) all play a major role in how people will view your home before they take more than 2 steps inside. 

     It is said that a buyer will form a opinion about your home within 7 seconds. Is your home prepared to make those first 7 seconds count?


     Think of preparing your home for todays market much like you would prepare yourself if you were going to a job interview. You know that you have to be better prepared and make a greater impression than everyone else they meet that day. I don't think you'd find it acceptable to wear parachute pants, Top Gun aviator glasses and a Members Only jacket because you understand the importance of making a good first impression with the person you will be interviewing with. No boss ever thought to themself after a poor interview "I'd like to hire that person, I'll give them an allowance for being unprepared". In that same regard, please think about how that wallpaper in the foyer and stairs to the second level will be perceived by prospective buyers.

    Personally I love those Stereogram pictures where you stand and stare at a bunch of squiggley lines and another picture emerges, but if that's what the entrance to your home looks like.....Hire a Stripper! and get that stuff off the wall.  Don't offer an allowance and don't try to paint over it (particularly if it's a textured paper). Hire someone to take it down if you don't have the time or energy to do it yourself....of course I'm talking about a wallpaper stripper, what did you think I meant?!



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Comments (81)

Bob Miller
Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty - Ocala, FL
The Ocala Dream Team

Hi Brian, we liked the title and guessed that it would be about wallpaper.  lol

Oct 18, 2012 02:18 AM
Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

Great compelling headline for marketing but you lost my attention before your post ended. I was expecting a different type of story, LOL.

Oct 18, 2012 02:22 AM

Recently, I've encountered situations where, during the showing, the listing agent apologized & made excuses for all the things that were wrong.  A steady stream of comments like:

  • That pile of debris is where they cut down a tree. They just haven't cleaned it up yet.
  • She's going to fix that.
  • We're still in the middle of staging.
  • I know it's dark in here & I told him to replace those light bulbs.
  • Sorry there's only one picture - we can't take pictures because they have guests in town.
  • I'm talking to her about getting rid of the (gigantic) pool table in the dining room.

Has anyone else experienced this? What's the advantage of rushing the property onto the MLS and then effectively tearing it down throughout the showing? The Realtor may as well have shouted, "This is a terrible, overpriced property -- make me a low ball offer." 

Where's the advantage for the seller or the listing agent by rushing the listing onto the MLS before it's ready to show? I'm not complaining. I'm seriously asking.  

You never get a 2nd chance to make a 1st impression, right? So why not get the listing agreement signed but wait the few days or weeks to get it in showcase condition before actually puttinmg it on the MLS, etc.?

Oct 18, 2012 02:37 AM
Travis "the SOLD man" Parker; Broker/Owner
Travis Realty - Enterprise, AL
email: Travis@theSOLDman.me / cell: 334-494-7846

haaaaaaaa - great title! I hate wallpaper as well. Growing up in an 1930's house, we had plenty, and when my parents remodeled back in the 70's and stripped it, I panicked. Especially since they went with solid plain colors (mostly white). Now, I see they were ahead of their time (except for the green kitchen appliances.....).

Oct 18, 2012 02:43 AM
Dale Cosack
BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors - Newtown - Newtown, PA
Newtopias: The Cosack Team

Great post & funny title!

Oct 18, 2012 02:53 AM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

Great play on words. I like the wallpaper does not 'a-peal' to buyers. This is one of the most hated things that buyers see is the monocromatic wallpaper & drape combo. Used to be cool but it's outdated.  Sellers don't want to take it down because of the hassle & buyers don't want the hassle either.

Oct 18, 2012 03:03 AM
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Brian- Your title got me, great play on words! You give excellent advice in your post. First impressions are everything, allowances drive me crazy!

Oct 18, 2012 03:06 AM
Brian Kuhns
Coldwell Banker Roth Wehrly Graber - Fort Wayne, IN
Fort Wayne Real Estate by Brian Kuhns

Thanks everybody for all the great comments. I apologize for not responding directly to all. I've really enjoyed some of the creative writing and interpretations of my post.

Oct 18, 2012 03:30 AM
Terry McCarley
Coastal Real Estate - Cape Coral FL - Cape Coral, FL

LOL - I must admit your title to your post made me open it. Great job and congrats on the feature!

Oct 18, 2012 03:34 AM
Rob Renk
Center Street Lending - McKinney, TX
AE | Fast Fix/Flip Loans for Residential Investors

That wall paper hurts my eyes. Ouch.

Oct 18, 2012 03:41 AM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

I happen to like wallpaper - but not ALL wallpaper. I remember going into a home once with this red, black, and silver flocked stuff in the entryway. I thought we were entering a night club...

Oct 18, 2012 04:13 AM
Gary Frimann, CRS, GRI
Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates - Gilroy, CA
REALTOR and Broker

Great headline!  Good topic.  Always make the house look it's best when you present it for sale.

Oct 18, 2012 04:14 AM
Pam Ruckriegel
Louisville Real Estate Pros - 502-435-5524 - Louisville, KY
Negotiating the Best Deal for You!

Love it!  Wallpaper has been the bane of my existence at times!  The worst was the house we bought where the previous owner painted over much of the wallpaper.  There is no getting that off.  All we could do wa sand down the lines that were left and repaint.

Oct 18, 2012 05:12 AM
Judy Orr
HomeSmart Realty Group - Orland Park, IL
SW & Near West Chicago suburbs

LOL!  Great opening title!  I cringe when I watch TV shows like Flipping Out where they insist wallpaper is making a comeback, and it isn't neutral.  In fact, I showed a home recently where the wallpaper in one of the rooms almost looked like what I've been seeing on TV lately (a big artsy looking print).  If that is a new decorating statement then I'll remain out of style. 

Oct 18, 2012 10:00 AM
Andrea Curtis United Country Premier Properties Certified Military Relocation Professional
United CountryPremier Properties - Harker Heights, TX

Had to laugh at your post.  I thought I was going to get to tell my story about the husband and wife painting over the bed.   I digress.  For some reason lately every home that is over 20 years old seem to have flocked wall paper.  You guessed it! High end wall paper that the seller can't bring themselves to take down.  I have seen pink, brown, blue, etc.  On most of the homes they have updated just about every room but the flocked wall paper room(s).

Oct 18, 2012 11:04 AM
Goran Utvic
606 Homes LLC | Chicagoland Brokers Inc, Chicago IL 60656 - Chicago, IL
We Buy & Sell Chicago Houses Fast

24/7 fosho!

Oct 18, 2012 12:17 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I have never ever been a wallpaper fan and when my friend recently painted over some in her house I just cringed. 

Oct 20, 2012 04:10 AM
Robert L. Brown
www.mrbrownsellsgr.com - Grand Rapids, MI
Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Mic

I just had to stop here. With an opening line like that who wouldn't. lol

Oct 21, 2012 06:14 AM
Brad Baylor
ERA Coup Agency - Milton, PA

I'll bet you grabbed a lot of the guy's attention with that title... nicely done!

Oct 22, 2012 01:21 AM
Tina D Saporito, Your Dedicated Palm Desert, CA Realtor Since 2005
Ronald Christopher & Associates. Proudly serving Palm Desert, La Quinta, Indio, Rancho Mirage, & Palm Springs. - Palm Desert, CA
Call (760)799-8460. www.JustListedinPalmDesert.com

Hi Brian - Great posting title & congratulations on the feature! The information in the blog is certainly worthy of home sellers attention. Here's to lots of successful listings.

Oct 22, 2012 04:29 AM