All Realtors have been there! You walk into a listing presentation, the smell hits you smack in the face! You SO try to ignore it, but upon closing the front door, you see all the black fingerprints on the back of the door. As you carefully walk around all the shoes PILED around the front door -- you wonder as you walk on the filthy carpet, when they decided to remove shoes! The dog that has not had a bath in a few seasons, is jumping on you and make a mental note.
As you enter the kitchen, you understand WHERE the smell came from, as you see the overflowing trash, and the dirty dishes in the sink. They apologize they did not have enough time to pick up before I came over! (They called the week before for this appointment, so you know how this is going to go....) Looking at the intake vents, thinking the furnace filter has to have been in the furnace since they moved in!
I recommend a housekeeper and URGE the parents to pay off the kids to keep the house clean for at least a month, so there may be a chance to actually GET an offer during the hottest period of the real estate season!
Sitting at the kitchen table going over all the items they need to address, and talking price, AND letting them know, I am hard on sellers -- because BUYERS are harder! In a more balanced market, this will make a bigger difference, but right now, ALL homes are going pending. The ones that are CLEAN are reaping more on their bottom line!
When Buyers are looking for their DREAM HOME, when walking in the door, the only thing you should smell is CLEAN!