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No Offense Meant, Home Seller, but some Buyers are Taller then You!!!

Real Estate Sales Representative with Sutton Group Summit

I am tall. Well, not super tall, just a bit taller then average. The problem is that I can also see higher then average. And I have quite a few buyer clients who are way taller then me and obviously they can see even higher. For some reason many home sellers expect their potential home buyers to be the size of a 5-year old. What makes me think so?


Well, of course, the way some home sellers clean and prepare their house for sale. Often enough the house is spotless and sparkly all the way up to about 6 feet. 6 feet and up is often the area of unpleasant discoveries.

Dear Home Sellers, cleaning the bottom of your rooms and forgetting the top just brings all your hard work next to nothing, simply because many people can see higher without even having to reach up!

And here are the most commonly offended spots (and by the way, after years in business, those are the spots I check out first - don't try to fool me with your shiny floors)

1. Top of the light fixtures, especially the ones in the kitchen - grease, dead insects and dust. I actually had a client who walked away from the house because the tops of the chandeliers looked disgusting. The comment was: "If they cant clean their lights, what else crucial for the house maintenance they didn't bother doing?"

2. Curtain rods, and top of the actual curtains - excellent accumulators of dust and spider webs

3. Top of the fridge - I will not even start a list of things that I happened to see over the years over there.

4. Top of the door and window frames

5. Picture and photograph frames

6. Top shelves of the book cases also books on the top shelves

7. Duct grills

8. Crown moldings

9. And finally - kitchen vent hoods!

Dear Home Sellers, please, have mercy for your tall buyers, take care of the tops not just the bottoms!


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Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Good point! I'll have to tell sellers to make sure they take care of these items. And excuse me... I have to go get some cleaning materials and clean the tops of things in my house. Bye!

Feb 11, 2016 08:48 PM
Peter Tamura
Coldwell Banker Select - Tulsa, OK

Funny, I was wondering what you were getting at! Good point.

Feb 11, 2016 10:58 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Clean is defined to me without controversy or doubt. It is or it is not clean. Furthermore, there is nothing like the pine-sol smell after the fact. Yes to clean!

Feb 11, 2016 11:06 PM
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker

Hate to say it, Richie, but some of us hate Pine Sol. :)

Feb 11, 2016 11:44 PM
Richie Alan Naggar

Even wintergreen or lemon scented?

Feb 12, 2016 12:02 AM
Teresa K. Nelson
Compass - Woodinville, WA
Your Trusted Real Estate Advisor

 I am the opposite of you. I am short. You can hide things on the refrigerator from me for months!  But you are so right about making sure those spaces are clean for buyers 

Feb 11, 2016 11:20 PM
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker
Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Little is worse than turning on a ceiling fan to see if it works and being blasted by flying dust bunnies and crap.

I hire a cleaning service who supplements my normal housekeeper by coming in once a year to do a thorough deep cleaning. They charge $500 but at least the place is spotless.

I've yet to find a seller willing to pay for THAT, though, and they rarely clean it well enough themselves.

Feb 11, 2016 11:43 PM
Jimmy Williams
Keller Williams Elite Partners IV - Mount Dora, FL
Lake and Western Orange County Real Estate Expert!

Nothing says it better when you and or your clients have to duck in a doorway to an added room or covered back patio!  Not to mention getting nailed by a low hanging ceiling fan :)


Feb 12, 2016 12:40 AM
Shirley Coomer
Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living - Phoenix, AZ
Realtor, Keller Williams Realty, Phoenix Az

Nice post. I teach buyers to look up when seeing homes to look at air clean vents, (are the air filters dirty, if so what else isn't too clean.  We check for water stains on the ceilings, cracks, etc.  It is normal to look at eye level but that usually isn't where the issues are found!  Great list!

Feb 12, 2016 12:48 AM
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

As a tall guy I appreciate this.  Kind of related.  One time I am in a model home.  I am kind of weird and actually read the titles of the books on the shelves.  Often I find I have read some of them.  One time one was upside down.  Went to put it right side up and that is when I learned all the books were glued together. 

Feb 12, 2016 01:36 AM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

As a short person I find this interesting! But as a homeowner I am aware of those places where dirt and dust can hide.

Feb 12, 2016 01:47 AM
M.C. Dwyer
Melody Russell Team at eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Felton, CA
MC Dwyer-Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist

Congrats on the feature, Marina.    We should counsel our sellers to have their cleaners look up and look down!

Feb 12, 2016 02:39 AM
Irina Tibbits
Panhandle Real Estate, Inc - Panama City, FL
Investment, Sellers, Buyers,Relocation

Thank you! Good post ! Yes for some buyers  is big deal and   some buyers don't care ...

 I am tall too and sometime feel uncomfortable to wearing heels if I working with a customers who are much shorter than me...

Feb 12, 2016 06:30 AM
Theresa Akin

Aww! This is such a great post. A friend stopped over and I said give me a couple minutes to finish my ceiling fan. You clean your ceiling fans? If I don't who else will?"  Don't you just love it when they turn on the ceiling fan and the dust bunnies fly? Look out below! Hubby does help. I have him get the top of the fridge and on a weekly basis. I had him put the few things up there into a couple of nice baskets at least. I despise magnets on refrigerators. Looks like the refrigerator would just like to be able to walk away from under it all. 

I showed a property where there were all these artificial vines. That was one of the homeowner's favorite things all over the place. I call them spot fillers and spider abodes.

Feb 12, 2016 06:40 AM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

And don't forget the ceiling fans! Sometimes the dust bunnies are simply hanging there, waiting to fall on the unwary. 

Feb 12, 2016 07:24 AM
Kimo Jarrett
Cyber Properties - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

Respectfully, not many, that's a lot of buyers either at private or open house showings inspected the homes as did your particular client. How many other clients did take the time to really inspect a property? 

Most buyers are thoroughly cleaning the home, painting and replacing items, basically upgrading or removing items in the home after purchase, so, while your post is informative, is it really relevant to most buyers? 

Feb 12, 2016 05:31 PM
Joshua Frederick
Home Inspector for ASPEC Residential Services, LLC - Defiance, OH
Home Inspector in Defiance & all of Northwest Ohio

Nice post & oh so true.  

What's even worse for the seller is a tall home inspector :)

Feb 12, 2016 06:21 PM
Bob Betel
Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc. - Sweetwater, TN
President, Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc

Good post, Marina.  I once did asked my appraiser what he looks at when he appraises a house, and he said the ceilings. 


Feb 12, 2016 09:51 PM
Chuck Willman
Chuck Willman - Alpine, UT

Nicely done; a post with perspective on an unseen problem. :-)

I agree with Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents . Some sellers could benefit from a cleaning service. Such experts will be able to put the polish to the areas that may go unnoticed. I have begun to offer a conceirge service as a part of the listing agreement. Sellers are given pre-sale advice and a spruce up to help the property edge out the competition.

Feb 12, 2016 09:53 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

And those would be my issues, too!  Tee hee!  Actually i do own several ladders, step stools and various other tools to reach those tall spots, but I like most short folks, ignore them.  Great reminder for us!

Feb 15, 2016 06:44 AM
Eren Millam
Realty World Cosser & Associates, Inc. - Chehalis, WA
Certified Negotiation Expert

I am 5'7" so a little less than average. I have never seen a house cleaned to 6 ft, usually its all or nothing, but I appreciate the different point of view and will think about it when showing my next house.

Feb 18, 2016 11:51 PM
Winston Heverly
Coldwell Banker Access Realty - South Macon, GA

I enjoyed your informative post, glad I came across it in the archives.

Mar 11, 2016 12:58 PM