I Lift Toilet Seats

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I Lift Toilet Seats

You just couldn't help clicking on this, could you? :) Good! I was hoping to catch your attention so I can relay the importance of a homes appearance when you're selling. When you list your Montgomery County PA home for sale, a lot of effort should go into making it look it's best. Hiring a home stager to help you prepare to put that best foot forward is an easy way to help figure out what needs to be done before it hits the market. 

I Life Toilet Seats

Recently I was in vacant property to give an estimate on staging. Before I do anything, I take a tour of all the rooms in the home so I can get a feel for what I'm working with. I poke around every corner, open every door and lift toilet seats. That's right, I said I lift toilet seats. Know what I found in this home? Okay, it's not as bad as you think, but it was dirty! And the rest of the house definitely needed a good cleaning too.

Now I know not everybody lifts toilet seats, but what if your potential buyer does? Is that the impression that you want to give off? 

When buyers walk into a dirty home, it sends up red flags. The words "Neglected, broken, old, price reduction!" go through their mind. Don't give buyers the opportunity to find reasons not to buy your home or drasticlly reduce their offer.

 

I lift toilet seats and so will your buyers. Cleanliness is just as important as making your home look nice. Either do it yourself or hire a cleaning crew to really get into every crack and crevice of your home. You'll thank yourself later when your realtor tells you the glowing reviews they got from showing your house. 

Contact Six Twenty Designs to book your home staging consultation today. 

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Suzanne Otto-Six Twenty Designs

 

Home Staging is a tool every seller should have in their back pocket. Don't lose out on potential buyers by selling your home "as-is".

 

If you live in the Montgomery, Bucks or Chester County of Pennsylvania and need a home stager, contact Suzanne.

 

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Tammy Lankford,
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In my bag of tricks in the truck is toilet cleaner.  If one of my listings needs it I do it.  But yes, I totally agree bathrooms and kitchens need to be spotless and smell clean.

Oct 12, 2014 06:53 AM #27
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Suzanne - well your title certainly grabbed my attention. DIrty houses certainly create an impression of non-caring by the sellers, and then one wonders what else may be lurking beneath the surface. And it just creates a bad impression.

I have had 2 sets of buyers sho consistenly opened toilets AND flushed when we were touring homes

Jeff

Oct 12, 2014 07:38 AM #28
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Claude Labbe
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In a listing I had recenltly, a small condo.

I lifted the seat, and it fell off. Sure, a quick & inexpensive fix my the handyman, but a few items on the fix-it list removed a whole bunch of potential concerns a buyer would have.

Fortunately, in my case, the place was spotless clean, but your point is very valid.  Catchy title, but it so well captures the essensce of the thoroughness of your home review.

Oct 12, 2014 08:06 AM #29
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Grant Schneider
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Suzanne -  clutter is one thing but being spotless clean is another.  You want your home to sparkle.

Oct 12, 2014 12:25 PM #30
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Joan Whitebook
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Great title and  I ALWAYS know a male has the listing when I see a toilet seat is UP!

Oct 12, 2014 12:35 PM #31
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Evelyn Johnston
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Yep, you got me.  First I said Yuck, then EEEEEW and then admitted I lift them too.

Oct 12, 2014 02:50 PM #32
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Kevin Mackessy
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Seems silly that people wouldn't at least do a touch up cleaning of their home before it goes on the market.  Some neighborhoods are watched day in and out by brokers and the first day of showings is important for first impressions.  As soon as something pops up you might 7 showings in one day.  If everyone left thinking about all the dust on top of your fans it would be a squandered opportunity.  

Oct 13, 2014 03:56 AM #33
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Lyn Sims
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Ewwww ..... not me but I do understand the value of cleanliness.

Oct 13, 2014 08:19 AM #34
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Donna Foerster
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Suzanne~ A clean home is critically important. That should be a first step BEFORE staging!

Oct 14, 2014 03:45 AM #35
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I gotta admit Suzanne, the title got me. Had to see why you're lifting the seat. Learning about homes and it's care is important and should be considered before selling.

Oct 14, 2014 11:28 PM #36
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Suzanne Otto
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Thanks Kathy :)

Thanks for stopping by Kristin!

Debbie, it's amazing what a new toilet seat can do!

Couldn't agree more Susan.

And that's why I life toilet seats Scott. If I'm not doing it, then who will?

Thanks Joanna!

Richard and Beth, it's not the most glamorous part of my job, but a necessity :) 

I agree with that too Gayle. It just looks better!

But buyers certainly look for it Ed.

Tammy it's good to have a coupe emergency items on hand. Just in case. And I love your new picture!

See Jeff! You're proof to everyone that buyers lift toilet seats!

Claude you got it. It's about removing any potential doubt a buyer can have. At least the things in your control. 

Two very important factors Grant. Sometimes clutter gives off a "dirty" impression.

Lol, Thanks Joan!

Don't deny it Evelyn ;-)

Exactly Kevin. But it's especially important while it's on the market. Maintenance is key! 

Ha, that's okay Lyn. That's why there are stagers ;-)

Truth Donna!

That was the idea Tom :)

Oct 15, 2014 02:52 AM #37
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Great post! Attention to small details can go a long way when selling a home. You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Dirty toilets would likely stick up as a red flag in some peoples mind because they may think there's a relationship to how the rest of the house was maintained.

Oct 15, 2014 12:58 PM #38
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Suzanne, A clean toilet usually means baseboards and HVAC filters are clean. Dirty usually means these other things are dirty too.

Oct 15, 2014 12:59 PM #39
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Hi, Suzanne...you did get me to read with your title. Nice work. 

Having a clean house is very important when it's listed. I don't get some people...they think it doesn't matter. 

Oct 17, 2014 06:50 AM #40
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Suzanne Otto
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And there kind of was Tanya. The rest of the house needed some TLC. 

Or broken, Debbie.

Thanks Debbie :) I don't get it either. 

Oct 20, 2014 02:43 AM #41
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This is a really catchy name for a blog post. You are right, I did click to check why would you lift those toilets seats, but I guessed that you want to check if all is all right. Those seats should be closed tight otherwise.

Oct 21, 2014 05:57 AM #42
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Marco Giancola
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I admit it the title got me! A truly clean home will get more respect and a higher price. It used to be that just the teenage sons' room was messy but not anymore-I would be embarrassed if my home looked like a lot of these homes being presented.

Oct 25, 2014 10:33 PM #43
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Will Nesbitt
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For Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Home Staging, call Suzanne Otto at (267) 885-4014.

Oct 27, 2014 01:57 AM #44
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Suzanne Otto
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I just can't help myself Inna :)

:) I know Marco. I'm pretty shocked at the conditions I see sometimes.

Thanks Will

Oct 28, 2014 12:54 AM #45
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Good morning Suzanne ... clean is a must before staging.  From the outside to the inside.  It says so much.  Great post.

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