Skeltons in Your Closets in Pearland?

Real Estate Agent with kimfoxhomes

Do you still get butterflies in your stomach the first time you enter a house for a listing appointment? I know I sure do. You are going in well prepared with your charts, graphs, and the latest comps to land this listing. But before going over the goodies you have brought, you need to take a tour. Cue butterflies x 50. As the owner leads the way, highlighting the newest upgrades they made on the house, you are carefully listening with your ears, but you are evaluating with your eyes. Does the owner not see the water damage on the ceiling? Does the owner not notice the cracks in the molding, and what is that smell???? 

Yes, I think we've all been there, but for me, the opening of the closets is a terrifying experience. (play over-dramatic music here). I get that these people live in this house. I get that the closet is where we all put things we don't want others to see, and I know when you have guests over, they don't typically look inside your closets. 

Unfortunately, prospective buyers are not only going to LOOK in your closets, they are going to examine every inch of it, and all those trophies you have been collecting since junior high soccer don't impress them at all. In fact, buyers see it as clutter taking up space because after all, WHERE are THEIR clothes and trophies going to fit??? 

So just a tip, once you wow your client with your colorful listing presentation, it's time to have "the talk". No, not the ones your parents had with you, but the one that says, it's time to get serious about selling this house, and that means doing some purging, storing, and donating things that otherwise make a fantastic  walk-in closet look like a scene from an episode of Hoarders. Trust me, the buyers and the sellers will thank you....and who might even effect the sell price in a positive way for your clients and unlimately you too! :-)

Kim Fox

Pearland, Texas Specialist






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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kim, it can be daunting to walk into someone's home and be tactful enough to share the items they do need to repair!  

Jan 15, 2017 06:49 AM #1
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

It takes a great deal of tact and just the right delivery to get the message across without insulting the client;  as someone who is very forthright, that is something I have learned the hard way.  Excellent advice about doing that spring cleaning, no matter what time of the year.  

Jan 15, 2017 12:52 PM #2
Kim Fox
kimfoxhomes - Pearland, TX
Pearland Specialist

Susan Haughton and Joan Cox thank you for the comments. I'm trying to take my own advice! LOL

Jan 15, 2017 05:07 PM #3
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Hi Kim.  Yes, this so true, as most sellers really need to be a bit more objective and realistic about the condition of their home.

Jan 16, 2017 06:51 AM #4
Nancy Laswick
United Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ
Your REALTOR® For The Valley Of The Sun

Yes indeed Kim Fox, my motto with sellers is the proverbial less is more! And much less is even MORE! De-clutter till it hurts and you're probably almost there. I had to live my own motto recently when we had to remove everything and I mean everything in our home to remove asbestos laden popcorn ceilings. The interior furnishings of our home went on an extreme diet. I wasn't about to put all that clutter back in place. It was painful and long overdue but the results were worth the pain.

Jan 18, 2017 01:28 PM #5
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

I've been cleaning up areas of my house and eliminating excess lately. It's so easy to collect things and hard to get rid of them. When selling a house, closets, cabinets, bookshelves and the like really need to be as clear as possible.

Jan 21, 2017 06:28 AM #6
Sean Casey
Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate - Newark, DE
Greenville, Hockessin, Newark & Bear Homes

Nice listing and great presentation!  I hope you get a quick sale!

Jan 22, 2017 12:15 PM #7
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kim congratulations on your new listing and hope it goes under contract quickly

Jan 22, 2017 07:28 PM #8
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Congratulations on your new listing.  Nice house and nice job with your presentation.

Jan 23, 2017 05:02 AM #9
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