Taking Fluffing to a Whole New Level
Exactly how would you go about describing a jetted soaking tub with jets plugged up with chaulk? It would likely be an explanation of why the jets were filled with chaulk and an explanation that the tub was being sold as-is. This, of course, if you couldn't get the seller the replace or repair the tub in the $600,000+ home.
Imagine my surprise when I listing I had interviewed for, but not landed, hired an agent who did in fact list the tub as-is to buyer agents, but not to buyers. In buyer remarks, the tub was remarked as "sumptuous." I don't know about you, but the word sumptuous evokes nothing I would get from the local hardware store for utilitarian purposes...especially not CHAULK that is stopping a leak.
And in yet another story of over playing your hand, this agent has a listing that is sitting on the market while others in the same price range are getting eaten alive with offers. Because one of my buyers wrote an offer, I am guessing that the fact that buyers are hesitant to go to the $50K over list price the seller wants without having the tub fixed is a deal breaker for him. It was for my buyers, who were likely the only ones with a full disclosure of what the issue was and why it wasn't being fixed.
Top of the market doesn't happen with any old house with any issue you don't want to fix. Top of the market comes when you do the preparation to make a home truly move-in ready. And who you hire to market that home matters. Over playing what you have and what condition it is in is not advised for any home. Being honest and forth right in marketing is the way to go. If having to market a tub as potentially leaky without chaulk filling the jets is a turn off, you might want to replace the tub and really have something to show off.