Brooke is seven years old. She's a spirited little girl with a wicked sense of humor. She wrote out five rules today and they made me laugh, so I thought I'd share. Noooo.... they have nothing to do with real estate! But this is a real estate blog, so I titled the post five rules for real estate. If you don't like the misleading title and elementary content, it's all right to go on. But I promise this chick is going places...
Brooke's Five Rules
1. Don't sit on a grill. You'll burn your burns.
2. Don't go in the boys bathroom.
3. Don't get a snake for a pet.
4. Don't do a belly flop on a trampoline.
5. No pulling hares. Or hairs.
On the back she has more don'ts...
Don't step on a stinkbug.
Don't drink lake water.
Don't put your head in a trash can. Even if you drop your favorite toy in it on accident.
Ok. So real estate-wise I can add:
#1 Don't sit on a grill. You can burn your buns. That's true. But I might add: When selling a house, remember to clean your personal belongings like BBQ grills. They show poorly when they are covered in icky dirtiness when you sell a house, even if the personal property like the grill isn't what's for sale. And if it's built in, make sure your Realtor markets the amenity for you. If you market it, "Hey, you, Buyer, look at me!" Then clean it. Make sure everything is very neat and clean even if it's on the porch or patio. Attention to every detail...
#2 Don't go in the boys bathroom. Ok. Girls. This is so true. Don't. You'll never be the same again. But mainly when it comes to real estate you need to watch what your kids are doing in bathrooms. Buyers. Sellers. Be aware. The last thing you want, Buyer, is an uh-oh while looking in the house you're buying or for a Buyer to see your uh-oh, Seller. Keep those bathrooms tidy. Keep watch of kids in bathrooms during showings. Ps & Qs on that one...
#3 Pets. Oh, my pets. OK. Here's the skinny on pets. I know you love your pet. I just want to sell your house. Is it easy for someone who doesn't have pets, doesn't love pets, doesn't get pets, doesn't know to watch for poop in the yard, doesn't know to watch for the cat named Dart, is deathly afraid of your pet named Sissy, doesn't know....... you get me? Rid the house of the pet when you sell. Please trust me on this. It is in everyone's best interest that pets are gone for showings if at all possible.
#4 Don't do a belly flop on a trampoline kind-of speaks for itself. Especially after a big meal. But let's go there. Do trampoline's show well? What about the patch of dirt under the trampoline where the grass doesn't grow? Consider it. I'm not saying a lot more than avoid those belly flops.... and think about how things show.
#5 No pulling hairs. Or hares. OK... but, Brooke, I got news for ya, Sis. That's how they flirt at that age. Now can I put it in a bun for ya, pretty girl? I don't know how to twist this one into a real estate tip, other than don't let your yard get hairy. Don't let your bathroom tile & grout grow fur. Don't let the sale of real estate make you want to pull out your hair. Hire a pro. We are much better at pulling out our hair than you. I promise.
So what did I learn? Even rules can be fun. Now let's go move someone!