Poor Marketing = Great Price! But, This Toy Hauler Needs A Transformation

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Home Stager with Sharon Tara Transformations

We have an exciting new project we've been busy working on.  Last week we bought a "toy hauler" - a travel trailer that also carries our motorcycle inside. 

Toy haulers are  hard to find in New Hampshire.  The economy pretty much killed the market, and the trailer dealers that do still carry them have a very limited selection.  We've been searching online for a used one, and not having much luck...

We wouldn't have gone to see this one if we could have found one closer to us.  It was 1 1/2 hours away and based on the pictures online, it did not appear to be worth the trip.

 Only 10% of buyers can actually visualize...to 90% of the buyers who saw it, this trailer was not worth further inspection.  I can visualize and I only agreed to go see it because I knew it would be disgusting and that would be the end of it.

 As expected, it appeared bad... it was dated, dirty, and extremely cluttered.  But, in staging terms...

 it's perceived value was hiding it's true potential.

  It appeared to be poorly maintained, but with closer inspection...

  • Inside the microwave - spotless
  • Inside the refrigerator- spotless
  • Bathroom- very good condition
  • Air conditioning and wiring - no problems

The seller used it as a cargo trailer to transport his merchandise to flea markets.  His merchandise (term used loosely) was piled up inside and outside when he took the pictures for Craig's List.  He's lucky he got any calls at all and the few he did get...well once they saw it in person and took one look inside the door...

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lets just say, the offers were not pouring in.

 This seller could have sold for a lot more money had he cleaned it out before listing it for sale.

  When a seller doesn't prepare their product for sale,

 they create an opportunity for a buyer who can visualize to get a great deal.

 

Coming Up:  Photos of our Toy Hauler Transformation 

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Leslie Helm
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Hi, Sharon. I just showed a cabin the other day where the weeds are waist high. The issues are cosmetic and would have taken only a few hundred dollars to fix but it sure created a negative first impression. The buyers are making an offer on something else....a cabin that is immaculate!

Good for you, to have seen the "bones."  I'm with Kathy in Comment #2...how soon do we get the "after" pic?

September 30, 2010 09:11 AM
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Sharon Tara
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Tessa:  Or in this case, money in MY pocket!

Lou:  I'm glad this seller didn't realize that!

Kathy:  For the price we paid for this, we could have only bought a flat bed, open cargo type trailer...it was a very good deal.

Michelle:  It would have been gone or we would have had to pay his full asking price had it been prepared better.  I'm so glad he showed it "as is" and no one else saw the potential.

Judy:  It's really coming along...more pics to be posted today.

Leslie:  More pics are being posted today and final pics should be within a couple days.

September 30, 2010 10:50 AM
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Roger D. Mucci
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Sounds like they have an Eddie................be nice to him.

September 30, 2010 12:16 PM
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Charlene Storozuk
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Just shows you that the premise of staging can apply to many things.  I'll have to look for your follow-up post on this.  Great post Sharon!

September 30, 2010 12:32 PM
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Roger:  We will see if it happens again.  I talked to my daughter-in-law today and it was the shower that was running when she got home, not the tub faucet as I originally thought.  Either way, really weird.

Charlene:  I should have some "after" shots tomorrow.  Thanks!

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Author Bio: Sharon Tara is a professional Home Stager serving the greater Seacoast New Hampshire area. Sharon specializes in owner-occupied home staging consults to help sellers prepare and present their home for sale.



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