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If Your Sellers are Over-Pricing Their Home, At Least Have it Clean

I was out on our "agents' tour" today in Zephyrhills, Florida. I saw a lot of homes, some good, some bad, some so-so. But one I saw was priced at just under $400,000. It was a LARGE rambling ranch home that went on and on and on. Rooms all over the place. Not my cup of tea, but could fit the needs of some people. And in that area, even though the home was on a large 1 acre lot, it will be a hard sell at in that price range.

But when I left I got the impression that still lingers with me. All around the doorknob of the white exit door was black grime. The rest of the home looked pretty well-maintained, but that last sight stuck. If you have a lot of people in your household using the same door, especially an exterior one, you know what I am talking about. Just the normal build-up that happens when many fingers and hands touch a surface. $0.02 worth of Fantastik or Formula 409 would eliminate it in a second. But in this price range it should not be there to begin with when you are selling your home. The devil is in the details and you will be surprised what will turn buyers off. Dusty baseboards, cobwebs around heating/AC vents, fingerprints on appliances, mold on tile grout, greasy cabinets, etc.

Today, the housing inventory, both new and resale, is HUGE. To get the highest price possible you need to make sure that your home out shines all of the competition. If it does not, you may see the potental buyers become your new neighbors, rather than the new occupants of your home. Which do you prefer?

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John Elwell - REALTOR


Bill Nye Realty, Inc.


Licensed in Florida


Comment balloon 0 commentsJohn Elwell • August 13 2008 01:59PM


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