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It takes Less Than Five Minutes for a Buyer to Leave Your "Not Ready For Market Home"!

It takes Less Than Five Minutes for a Buyer to Leave Your "Not Ready For Market Home".

I am having quite a busy January considering I live in Cleveland Ohio. I have been out with several buyers this week and I noticed the same common theme that I have been noticing for quite a while.

walking awayA (non investor) buyer will leave a home in 5 minutes or less if it feels, smells, or looks not ready for the market. You have heard me say before that a seller has one chance to impress the buyer or that buyer will move on. Your home then becomes just a distant memory.

The first impression a buyer gets when they walk up to the front door usually sets the tone for the showing.

It is difficult for most buyers to focus on the good stuff if:

It smells bad....musty, moldy cigarette smoke, overpowering air fresheners, pet odors

It feels uncared for....when a buyer notices enough little things that it makes him wonder what else might be wrong with the house

It does not appear ready for showings...laundry on the floor, dishes in the sink, cobwebs on the ceiling, dirty appliances

I will be the first to acknowledge that some sellers simply do not have the finances to make any improvements, but some of the above items do not cost any money.

rubber glovesDishes and laundry can be put away, appliances can be cleaned and so can the cobwebs. I remember a home I sold once that had a purple commode, sink,and bathtub with green shag carpeting as an accent color but you could eat off the floors as it was that clean.

So if you can't make major or even minor repairs, strive for spotlessly clean!

BARB SZABO

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Comment balloon 7 commentsBarb Szabo, CRS • January 21 2012 09:50AM
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