My, Oh My, You Have a Big....Mess

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Real Estate Appraiser with PahRoo Appraisal & Consultancy

There are many things that can definitely shift your demeanor out of high gear and into low gear when walking into a property for the first time.  One of them is the unexpected experience of walking into a property and finding it an utter mess, possibly even despicable.  And when asked something along the lines of, "What do you think?", about the only repsonse you can politely and quickly come up with is, "My, oh my, you have a big ....mess."

Yes, cable tv and shows like Horders are helping get the word out, but I surely don't think it is a loud enough siren for a lot of homeowners out there.

Besides, the sheer mess that the house is.  There is the lack of respect it conveys to others when they actually see it.  In many cases, there is no one invited over because it is so despicable, so there is little to no home-social interaction.  When the clutter is so great, it detracts from one's mind's ability to be at peace and relax because there are so many distractions.  Additionally, there is a lack of opportunity to enjooy the property for what it is, because it has been converted to a storage dump which far exceeds something simple like clutter.

Maybe property owners should have to participate in a '3 hour' prepare your home course before they can seek to sell or refinance.  Nothing says I don't value this property like having it a 'mess' for others to see.

Michael Hobbs

Twitter @Pahroo

 

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I had a short sale listing last year that was tenant-occupied that was an OMG, Mr. and Mrs. Seller have you seen what they've done to the place? I couldn't sell it -- it was that bad.  Pete in #31 above has a good solution. Thanks for your post today,

June 22, 2012 11:36 PM
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Sandy Acevedo
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Michael, I like the 3 hour course idea. It will sell, however they will have to sacirifice the green stuff for having such a big wasteful mess.

June 23, 2012 09:12 AM
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Ciara Brennan
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A lot of potential buyers are not able to look above the mess so if the seller is really serious about selling, they need to clean up!

June 23, 2012 09:58 AM
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Erica Ramus
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I rejected a listing a few weeks ago because the place was a pure pigsty. It was horrible. Beyond anything I had seen before. Plates of old food on the floor! Piles of stuff that should be thrown out. Ugh.

June 23, 2012 12:27 PM
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These are opportunity houses, the opportunity for the seller to be forced to get rid of their excess stuff, and the opportunity for the buyer to make some money while rehabbing a big mess.

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