I cleaned the table. I am glad I did.

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As many of you know I am in the process of selling my personal residence. Being an experienced agent I understand the value of prepping your home for all showings. I have always believed that showing a home is like going out on a first date. You always want to put your best foot forward.

Often when a buyer visits a home they are only there for a few minutes. That means you do not have a lot of time to make a good impression.

The other day an agent from another brokerage scheduled an appointment to see the home. As usual, my wife made sure everything was clean and put away. We made sure the blinds were open and lights were on in the hallways and closets.

That morning I made a point of sweeping up the front and back patios. On our back patio, we have a couple of glass top tables. One a dining table, the other a cocktail table. The tables weren’t really dirty, but a little dusty. I decided that I would get the glass cleaner out and make them sparkle.

Later that day, when the buyers came to view the home they stayed for nearly 25 minutes. I know because, in addition to the time stamp on the lockbox, I have wireless security cameras that monitor the front and rear of my house. To my surprise, the buyer and agent sat at that patio table having a lengthy discussion. They must have been comfortable because they were there quite a while.

Unfortunately, they have yet to make an offer on the home. At least not as of this writing. But whether they buy my house or not, I am glad I cleaned that table.


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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
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Good morning, Joseph... here's sending you best wishes for a sale soon of your parents' home. I loved your analogy of preparing a home for sale like gettimg ready for a date. I'm going to use it in future.

Sep 30, 2019 09:58 PM #1
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Thank you for a thought-provoking post on this topic. Good work on cleaning off that table!

Sep 30, 2019 11:08 PM #2
Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI
HomeSmart Real Estate - Scottsdale, AZ
Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell

Good move Joseph Domino 480-390-6011 those brooms do the trick. Sweep this one up in a sale! Jeff

Oct 01, 2019 12:05 AM #3
Bob Ratliff
Robert Ratliff Realty - San Antonio, TX
"Sold with Bob"

Wishing you much success in selling your home. Clutter free listings help buyers motivation.

Oct 01, 2019 01:24 AM #4
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Joseph. I am glad you cleaned that table too. I remember selling my last home and it hurt.

Oct 01, 2019 08:05 AM #5
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I'm glad you cleaned that table too, Joseph.  Having a buyer linger at a home is often a good sign.  Perhaps, an offer will appear!

Oct 01, 2019 12:49 PM #6
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Joseph, sounds like it was a good idea to clean the tables.  I sold last year, and remember that process!   Best of luck, and hope these buyers make an offer this weekend.

Oct 05, 2019 06:54 AM #7
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing this story. This is good reading for prospective home sellers.

Oct 08, 2019 01:31 PM #8
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Sometimes you just have to do some decluttering in order to efficiently reorganize. :)

Oct 16, 2019 09:20 PM #9
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
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Roy Kelley That outside perspective is very important for us to be able to realize what our customers and clients have to go through.

Oct 16, 2019 09:21 PM #10
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