Is that Mud on your shoes or were you just eating chocolate....
I have a new listing, and the investor/owners are wearing their hearts on their sleeves right now.
My clients hope to buy and sell modestly over the next few years. With a lot of market study and careful decisions, they recently bought a fixer-upper with my help, and had it completely renovated. It's a very small property, priced to appeal to the market in this neighborhood.
This is not a luxury home. It is not a million-dollar mansion in the foothills overlooking spectacular sunsets. But it is their investment in the future. There is only so much "fix-up" one can do and still hope to recoup an initial investment in this market.
I showed the property to a prospect late last week, two days after checking the home in my routine of 5-7 days check-up. We had a bit of rain earlier in the week and I wanted to be sure the home was neat and clean. Between my check up and now showing the house, we'd had a "visitor".
The first thing my prospect noticed was the mud stains on the carpeting. "Are you sure this is NEW carpeting?" he said with dismay? After that discovery, I noticed his attention started focusing on minor faults everywhere. In fact, he kept up a running commentary.
"Look at how the light is showing through this caulking!" (Well, no, sir...that's a reflection of light from the overhead" I said, while I flipped the switch and he saw the glare disappear along the window ledge)
"Why is this doorbell cover painted to the wall?"
(I guess the painter didn't remove it???)
"The tile around the shower head has a small chip along the edge." Wow. Totally re-done bathroom with lovely new tile, decorative trim and edging, but he zeroed in on a 1/4 inch variance. Wow... (He should have seen it before...)
"Why didn't they put a new door in the hallway closet holding the hot water heater?" (Well I advised THAT, but it was painted, and they felt it wasn't a focal point)
"Why is there mud all over this brand new outside door - I thought you said it was painted?" (Mr. Mud kicked the door shut, obviously)
With further "inspection", we saw where Mr. Mud slipped in the back yard and left a skidding streak about 8 inches long, 5 inches wide. I guess he missed seeing the 4 x 4 back rug by the door upon re-entering the house.
Heavy sigh here. Please viewers, respect other people's property, whatever neighborhood you may find it in. No, you didn't tromp through the house leaving a trail, but you did stain a brand new bedroom rug, and smeared the outer doors of the brand-new painted laundry room.
It's just not nice.
Buyers have every right to inspect and/or reject a home. It's amazing how quickly a bit of dirt can muddy up one's "rose colored glasses." Usually, I'm the picky one...
If I can assist you in your home buying or selling in Marana, Tucson, Oro Valley, or Vail, please don't hesitate to call me! Email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Long Realty, (520)909-2988
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