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.
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