Lights, Camera ..... Action?

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Real Estate Agent with Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 SA5376460000

Whenever you hear that phrase, you know it means show business.  After all, it's ready, set, go... right?  But maybe sometimes we aren't quite ready?  Sometimes the planning part of being ready isn't complete.  And sometimes we don't even know it.  

 

This past weekend, I met buyer clients at one of ten homes we planned to "see."  For the record, we're looking in Central Phoenix with a budget up to $450,000.   There are a lot of homes in that price range since Phoenix's median price is about $270,000.  

 

Central Phoenix homes were built on average about the 1950's, but some are as old as the 1920's, and others are completely new thanks to investors.  These homes vary in price from $145,000 all the way up to $8.7 million.  There is literally something for everyone.  Since there is such a vastly different supply of homes in Central Phoenix, the time it takes to sell these homes varies greatly.  But one thing is for sure, they need to be show ready.  

 

Being "show ready" means homes should be clean, painted, and with no odors.  Another aspect of showing homes is to be able to "SEE" them.   

 

In Phoenix, our temperatures have dropped to a pleasant 70 degrees, give or take.   It's easy to understand why a home seller might consider turning off the power to homes that are not occupied.  But, that's the last thing that should be considered when trying to sell a vacant home.  

 

Showing homes this past weekend included one such home.  The home was clean, staged, and a nice looking remodeled home built in 1957.  But there was no power and my buyer clients used their cell phones to view the interior of the home.  It was 2:00 in the afternoon, so outside light wasn't the problem, it was the inside of the home that was dark due to no power at the home.   Homes of that era also have low ceilings and windows aren't allowing in as much light, eg darker interiors. 

 

If you're selling a home that is not occupied, please keep the power turned on so that we can see the interior of the home.   If you're going to the trouble of staging, cleaning and selling a home, it's a good idea to keep the power turned on.   No Lights, Camera... Action this weekend!

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Rainmaker
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
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Hi Jan Green - You make some great points!  I love the title. It fits perfectly with your blog!

Nov 22, 2016 01:12 AM #1
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Will Allen
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Jan . . .  as an old REO agent I too agree that the power must be ON . . .  but let's not forget the water.  I've toured some flips out here recently and the investors are turning off the water to save money.  People continue to us the toilets and that creates an olfactory disaster

Nov 22, 2016 11:55 AM #2
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Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
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Hi Jan - That's very good advice for unoccupied homes - they're just not going to sell well if potential buyers can't really see them. (I showed one a couple of weeks ago that had the power off - and was occupied!)

Nov 22, 2016 12:23 PM #3
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Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
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Duhhhh.. What was their agent thinking?  You never want the buyers in the dark figuratively or literally!

Nov 22, 2016 12:32 PM #4
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William Feela
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It always amazes me when a seller says they are not ready.  I can understnad if they have really young  children, but most ot the timeit is just sloppiness.

Nov 22, 2016 01:59 PM #5
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Ed Silva
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That is a matter of saving a few dollars to keep the power off and having the house on the market a lot longer than necessary as it shows so poorly

Nov 22, 2016 06:08 PM #6
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Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
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Thank you  Sheri Sperry - MCNE®   Sometimes titles pop up immediately and other times they are elusive.   Have a great day and Turkey Day!

Will Allen - then you know exactly what it's like without lights, let alone water.

Dick Greenberg I can't imagine living in a place without power.  Phoenix winters although mild could possibly work, except after dark!

 

 

 

Nov 23, 2016 06:02 AM #7
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Right?!  Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC  I'm always amazed at what sellers are thinking when listing their homes for sale. 

William Feela Sloppiness is a good word for some owners. 

You're right   Ed Silva !  Saving money could mean losing a sale.  

Nov 23, 2016 06:04 AM #8
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