Listing your Silver Spring home for sale? Don't creep out the buyers!

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Real Estate Agent with Thompson Company, REALTORS® MD594797

During a recent home tour, my buyers and I viewed a property that we quickly labeled the creepy house. Yes, buyers judge. Buyers judge quickly. And buyers will give your house a nickname. More often than not, we don't refer to a house by its address but by some unique feature or by the way a property made the buyers feel. Trust me when I tell you that creeping potential buyers out is not the way to get your house SOLD!

This particular property seemed to check a lot of the boxes on my buyers' wish list but wasn't nearly as exciting in person as it had seemed on virtual paper. While its curb appeal wasn't bad, its vibe definitely was. I can't quite put my finger on what it was exactly but we all felt the disappointment as soon as we entered the foyer. It just didn't feel right. And it smelled.  

creepy house for saleWhen we entered the basement, things just got stranger. There were a few chopped up rooms, an amazing but completely out-of-place walk-in closet and, a cellar that felt like a dungeon. A very creepy dungeon that we entered into through a tiny door, that we couldn't stand up straight in and that had a wood-burning brick fireplace smack in the middle of it. 

There was no rhyme nor reason to this fireplace. Why was it there? What was its purpose? And why did it have hand imprints on it? It just seemed so out of place. And odd. And creepy. I have no clue. What I do know is that my buyers and I couldn't get away fast enough. This definitely wasn't the right house for my buyers! 

This property has been for sale for quite some time. I am not surprised, creepy just doesn't appeal to buyers! 

So, before you put your Silver Spring, MD and beyond house on the market, look at it through the buyer's eyes. How does it feel? What do you notice first? Please listen to your REALTOR'S® advice (if you don't have one yet, I would be glad to help!), declutter, refresh, brighten things up, stage.

Do whatever you can to create a positive vibe. And make your house smell good. You want to wow potential buyers, not make them run away as quickly as possible. You want your house to be nicknamed the pretty one, not the creeper! 

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ANDREA BEDARD, M.A. ~ THOMPSON COMPANY, REALTORS ~

 

 

   

                                                                                                              

 

Thompson Company, REALTORS
16910 Oak Hill Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20905
o: (301) 384-9177 c: (240)593-2860

andreabedard.re@gmail.com

Andrea is a REALTOR® based in Silver Spring, MD. She has enjoyed assisting buyers and sellers since 2004 and focuses on residential Real Estate in  Montgomery and Howard County, MD. Andrea is a proud mom and hobby decorator with a vintage soul. She always answers the phone with a smile, enjoys running and treasure hunting and is addicted to coffee.

 

 All photographs are my own and I'd like to keep it that way. All information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

 

 

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Good morning Andrea Bedard -  when you go into one of these houses you just know it.  Sometimes the seller doesn't even see it anymore.

May 01, 2019 08:54 AM #1
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Hi Grant Schneider, fortunately, it's not often that we see/show a property that has creepy vibes but it does happen. I count it as one of our duties to point out all things that can/should be improved before putting a house on the market.. because, as you pointed out, sometimes the seller just doesn't see it anymore. 

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Andrea Bedard 

This sounds like the perfect home to put up for sale in October and market it as the "Creepy House"  Continue the "theme" with a few pumpkins, ghosts and goblins. There's a buyer for every home...even the creepy ones.

 

May 20, 2019 03:25 AM #3
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That's a strategy that could work to get this one sold Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland. But you know how I feel about "creepers"!  

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Andrea Bedard I do know and can you hear me smiling?

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