The Five Thousand Dollar Toilet

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Pamela Madore
Keller Williams Realty

The Five Thousand Dollar Toilet

One of our jobs as a Realtor is to try to advise our sellers on what they have to do to get their house ready to sell.  This isn't always an easy job.  Some people get really offended because they are emotionally attached to their house.

The title to this blog may sound a little silly but later on you will see why I named it this.  Oh heck, why wait.  The next scene may be disturbing.   I made that picture small so I wouldn't gross you out  but what the heck.  Let's make it life size----well maybe not that big.

You get the  idea.  So.  As a Realtor if I am showing your house and when we go into the bathroom and see this,  your house just lost $5000 in value.  Don't blame me.  I just interrupt what I see from a buyer's face.  You just flushed $5K down your nasty toilet.  

So what are some other things that we might find that will reduce the price?  How about this?  Broken and dirty ceiling fan.  How much?  $1K off the price?  One of my biggest gripes is burnt out light bulbs.  I mean, really, folks.  You can buy 4 bulbs for a $1 at he Dollar store.  So maybe you have 6 burned out light bulbs in your house.  How much per light bulb?  $500? 

You can laugh all you want but other Realtors will definitely agree with me.  I showed a house the other day that was piled high with stuff and was filthy.  They wanted retail price for it.  The other agent asked for feedback and I didn't sugar coat it.  That house was probably much more well suited for my clients than the one they actually bought but they couldn't see through the stuff.  So how much did that cost the seller?  The whole price of the house.

Sometimes it is in the little things.    You can buy replacements at Home Depot for 30 cents.  Nice freshly textured and painted walls and then this.  What were they thinking?

These kitchen cabinets won't stay closed.  Did you know that at Home Depot for under $5 you can buy little velcro circles that you can put on the bottom of the doors to keep them closed?  Value lost?  I don't know.  You figure it out.  

How about a dead tree.  Looks pretty spindly, doesn't it.  I think my 6 year old grandson could have pulled it out,  yet the owner chose to leave it there  ?????  

 So there you have it.  If all of these things were in the same house (and they were) how much would you want to reduce by?

I am not trying to be mean to sellers.  I am trying to shake you up to the fact that I want you to get the most money for your house in the least amount of time!  You are going to have to step away, remove the emotions and listen to Realtors that look at houses every day!  

Oh, and please, please scrub the floor.    


Pamela Madore
Keller Williams Realty

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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

People have sometimes rolled their eyes at me when I mention items like these. They are the small things that signal to a buyer that the house has not been well maintained. The message is clear....your house is not worth what you are asking for it!

Jun 04, 2017 05:21 AM #6
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
Realty National - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Pamela Madore The message here in your post is so incredibly true and there is nothing more telling to buyer prospects as to how a homeowner has cared or his home that observing the level of cleanliness. It DOES afect the bottom line!

Jun 04, 2017 05:27 AM #7
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Pamela Madore ,

I'm so glad that Kathy Streib featured your post in her "Ah-ha" moments for the week! You are so right and I love the title! Some sellers just don't get it but not having everything spotless and well maintained will definitely affect the bottom line on their sale.

Jun 04, 2017 05:40 AM #8
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Wow Pamela Madore - your experience with sellers clearly shows that people do not intuitively "GET" what impacts the price of their homes-no matter how much HGTV they watch!

Jun 04, 2017 09:31 AM #9
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome


Thanks to Kathy Streib for sending me to you.  

For sure I thought you were talking about the potties with all the sprays and  lights and bells and whistles that Joanna Cohlan wrote about while traveling.

Jun 04, 2017 02:42 PM #10
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Did open house and took notice cockroaches crawled out bath sink hole.... Creppy....

Jun 04, 2017 06:55 PM #11
Mick Michaud
Distinctly Texas Lifestyle Properties, LLC Office:682/498-3107 - Granbury, TX
Your Texas Lifestyle is Here!

And the list goes on, and on, and on . . . 

It amazes me the disconnect between sellers and the conditio of their homes.

Jun 04, 2017 09:21 PM #12
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

Pamela Madore "I am not trying to be mean to sellers.  I am trying to shake you up to the fact that I want you to get the most money for your house in the least amount of time!"

Right on target - and - re-blog!

Jun 05, 2017 07:42 AM #13
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County

The little fixes add up really high wen the buyer is pricing the repairs!

Jun 06, 2017 07:01 AM #14
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

And it's not just the buyers who start subtracting. An appraisesr once told me that when he walks into a dirty house, the price immediately drops.

Jun 07, 2017 07:42 AM #15
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Pamela, I saw your blog on Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers reblog. Often those striking images you have used help make the point clearer - a clean house sells for a lot more than the expense of cleaning it.

Jun 07, 2017 08:58 AM #16
Janice Zaltman Realtor, LEED AP
United Realty Group - Boca Raton, FL

Great headline! Just had tenants move out of a home and trash the place. Feel terrible for the sellers. Told them we have to spruce up the place otherwise they will just received lowball offers. A home has to look like a home not a dirty, uncared for place like the toilet. Time to get those gloves on and clean!

Jun 08, 2017 06:57 PM #17
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing your experience and your photographs.

Jun 10, 2017 07:05 AM #18
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

It's really amazing how many little fixes could make a difference. Your pictures provide some great examples. 

Jun 11, 2017 05:26 AM #19
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Why isn't this featured on the home page Bob Stewart ? 

Great info that is very accurate. I could see many low-ball offers coming the seller's way!

Jun 11, 2017 06:02 AM #20
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

A $5,000 royal flush? Ha. I was at an Open House recently and the listing agent confessed to scrubbing people's toilets. Another agent was washing the fingerprints off the front door. Your post deserved to be featured and I'm glad Carolyn picked it up.

Jun 11, 2017 11:16 AM #21
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Pamela

This post is right on target, and what a great title, too! It's amazing the little things that could be taken care of instead of the buyers subtracting big bucks from an offer, or worse deciding to walk away! We see it ALL the time.


Jun 12, 2017 04:56 PM #22
Dörte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Pamela,

You made me laugh! A really deep clean from a professional crew can cost you $500. Not hiring them can cost you $10,000. Your pick ....

Jun 13, 2017 08:47 PM #23
Pamela Madore
The Pamela Madore Group - Amarillo, TX
Team Work Makes The Dream Work

Thanks for all of the comments and reblogs!  I guess it struck home with all os us.  Maybe we should make copies and put it in our listing packets.  :-)

Jun 14, 2017 07:47 AM #24
Paul McFadden
Paratex - Seattle, WA
Pest Control, Seattle, WA.

I can't imagine people living this way but know they do. Not pleasant!

Jul 07, 2017 06:49 AM #25
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