Can Taxidermy Sell a Home?

I think this one goes without saying. Which is worse: The bear The deer heads The guns The Cowboy Cutout The vintage barber chairs The blinds The carpeting The clutter Or, are you too afraid of this homeowner to say anything but "wow, very interesting home!" ;) Yea...he scares me a bit too! Don't think this is a client I'd like to stage for! … [Read more...]

MLS Mishap Monday – Animal Portraits

Welcome to "MLS Mishap Monday!" Since I'm looking for a new home, I've been looking at MLS photos a lot lately. To be frank...I'm shocked. You would think a challenging economy would inspire sellers to up their visual game. There are more homes in my target area than I have time to even look at. So I'm using MLS listings to decide which ones I'll take the time to actually visit. So, as I find photo's that are "misguided," I'll share them here on the Rooms That Work blog. Today's theme … [Read more...]

No Pets or People Please

I've seen a lot of homes in a short period of time. Since I'm fresh from the hunt, I thought I'd share two very important tips from a buyer's perspective. Sellers...listen up here! Lesson 1: People Please don't be home when I come to see your house. Sure, you're polite enough to say hello, step outside and offer to answer any questions after I tour the home. But once I see or meet you, it's YOUR home to me. I immediately feel awkward and want to get though YOUR home as quickly as possible. … [Read more...]

Forgettable Homes

Yesterday we viewed 18 homes. Some were drive-by's, and the rest we toured. A few bubbled up to the top. They unofficially became the benchmark by which we compared the rest. There were a few that were promptly crossed off the list for one reason or another. The rest were acceptable, but forgettable. Not because they weren't nice, but because there was nothing unique about them.  Some had too many knick  knacks, too much furniture or too much owner personalization that we couldn't see … [Read more...]

Get on that “honey do” list NOW!

When preparing your home for sale, it's tempting to dismiss a potential problem as something a buyer could "surely look past" and expect them imagine the home without that little problem. You know what I'm talking about...outdated light fixtures, nasty carpeting, old windows, loud colors, damaged sink, ill-fitting door, and so on. These can be relatively inexpensive fixes and can make a HUGE impact in the mind of a potential buyer. Just because you've been able to look past your home's little … [Read more...]