Noelle Blazevich Snoqualmie Valley Real Estate: Dear Seller - Ten Sure Fire Ways to Distract Buyers from Focusing on Your Home.

Dear Seller - Ten Sure Fire Ways to Distract Buyers from Focusing on Your Home.

 This may seem a bit harsh but it is just plain speaking honest commentary regarding my experience as a buyer's agent.  The statements below are taken directly from the comments and behaviors of buyers viewing homes for sale.  It not meant to be negative but rather is meant to give sellers a bit of a look into the buyer's head.  A chance to see things from the buyer's perspective without the candy coating we agents typically put on things.

10) Leave your "friendly" dog roaming free inside the house when you know we are coming to see it.

Not all buyers are dog people.
Many whether they are dog people or not will actually be scared of your dog.
I have had clients refuse to go into homes because the dog was out.  Or they go in but don't stay long because the dog is either scared of them or overly friendly.  It's hard to pay attention to a home when your nether regions are being inspected by Fido. 
If the buyers are true dog people they are going to focus on the dog not on the house.
Trust me I have seen it happen. 
One way or the other your pet has effectively distracted the buyer from looking at your home.

9) Leave something aromatic cooking in the crock pot for your dinner that night

Not all buyers are going to be fans of your food choices.  In fact if it is particularly aromatic and something the buyer's don't care for, they are likely to ask me if I think the smell will come out or leave quickly because they don't like the smell. 
They were so focused on your food choice they didn't look at your house.

8) Keep photos of your family up throughout the house

Guess what, buyers are going to look at your family photos to try to figure out who you are, do they know you, how many kids do you have?

Guess what they are not doing?  Looking at your house.

7) Keep all your nick knacks out

I know they are precious to you but honestly they are distracting to the buyer.  Instead of looking at the fabulous mantle the buyer will be looking at all the items on the mantel.  As with family photos, buyers will often comment on these items trying to form opinions on who you, the sellers, are rather than focusing on the home.

Pack them up in boxes so you have one less thing to do later on moving day.

6) Make it difficult for me to show your house

I know selling your home is a pain, that you have a life and the appointment time I'm suggesting might not fit into your schedule.   
But, hey I have a buyer that wants to look at your house. 
You want to sell your house right? 
Know what happens when you can't make that appointment time work?  The buyer goes and looks at other houses that are available to see at that time.  Do buyers reschedule to see your house at a later date?  Often times not.  Many buyers find another home that they like or are just not interested in going back to see one they couldn't see right away.  I am not saying that you have to turn your life completely upside down and backwards.  I am just saying that if our appointment time does not work for you don't be surprised when we don't reschedule.  The buyer is likely to have moved on.

5) To continue on the pet theme, leave your cat roaming free throughout the house with a note by the front door stating "Please do not let the cat out".

You are setting up a stressful rather than relaxing situation for the potential buyer and for me the buyers agent.  Buyers are forced to dash in and out of doors rather than wander freely throughout the home and property.  They miss out on the opportunity to call back into the house to their spouse or partner that "they have got to come see this garden, bbq area, hot tub etc" because they had to shut the door so the cat didn't get out.  If they do get wrapped up in looking at the house and forget to shut doors I have to remind them instead of pointing out the features and benefits of your property.  You just made me the nagging hall monitor instead of the helpful agent.  When your pet does manage a jail break, as I swear 99% of them do, I am forced to give chase to Houdini the Wonder Kitty.  Meanwhile my buyers are cooling their heals either irritated that we are off schedule or more likely worried that you are going to be mad if we don't catch your pet and get them back inside your home.

Again the focus has been shifted away from your home.

4) Don't replace burned out light bulbs or use low wattage bulbs.

Yes I know it's only the laundry room, a closet or the spare bedroom you never use but guess what? The buyer wants to see these spaces and when the buyer can't see it they can't form an opinion.  Use a good high watt bulb that appropriatley lights the space.  While the lower wattage bulb will save on your electric bill it will also make for a dark space.  Dark spaces do not impress buyers.  I will typically bring a flash light to help out when a bulb is out but it is still not the same as having a working bulb with the appropriate wattage to light the room to the best benefit.  Buyers will focus on the burned out bulb instead of the space.  Is it just the bulb?  Is there something wrong with the fixture?  If the bulb is dim buyers will focus on how dark the space is instead of how useful it might be.

Don't give them a chance to wonder and worry just replace the bulb and show off the assests of your home in the "best light".

3) Close all the curtains and turn off all the lights

When we walk into the house instead of immediately noticing the great things about the house we are going to be fumbling around looking for light switches.  It is likely that either I or one of the buyers may stub a toe on a hall table trying to find the switch.  Buyers are hesitant to enter dark areas.  In a home that is dark the buyers tend to follow me around as I turn lights on instead of lingering in various rooms to focus on what they might like about a room.  They feel more like they are intruding and less like they are welcome.  Instead of paying attention to the homes benefits they worry about whether they remembered to turn a light off as they left a room.   They also don't get as much of my attention because instead of being able to answer their questions about whether or not the fridge is included or what the square footage of the lot is I am running around opening and shutting drapes and turning light switches on and off.

I know it may not be practical to leave all the drapes open and all the lights on all the time.  At least leave the drapes open on the windows with the best views and leave a few lights on so we can find our way around the house.  If it was on when we got there I will leave it on when we depart.  If it was off I will turn it off.  Please at least leave the porch light on.  I do carry a flashlight but it is just not the same as pulling up to a home with a welcoming porch light on.

2) Turn the heat down

I know especially if you have already moved out that you would like to save on that energy bill but if it is colder in your house than it is outside buyers don't want to linger.  They don't get a warm cozy feeling from your home.  They just feel cold and that feeling transfers to an emotional opinion of your home.  If you can't keep the heat all the way up at least keep it at 55 so we are comfortable in our coats and for heaven sake if you are going to turn the heat down don't expect us to take our shoes off, leave some shoe covers.

One of the quickest ways to drive a potential buyer out of your house is to make them view a cold house in stocking feet.  It is hard to admire the spacious kitchen when your feet are being flash frozen by the cold tile floors.

1) Stay in your home while we are showing it

This is the BEST most SURE FIRE way to make a large majority of buyers uncomfortable.  Buyers don't even come close to paying attention to the features and benefits of a home if you are there.  They are so nervous about offending you and so uncomfortable looking at your home while you sit in your living room or worse follow them around that they rush through. They will tell you thanks for letting them look and dash out. Upon leaving they can't begin to tell me if they noticed what colors the wall were, if there was carpet in the living room or if they liked the kitchen or not. 

What they do tell me is "That was uncomfortable", "I don't like looking at homes when the seller is there" and "Can you make sure the seller will be gone at the next one, if they are there I don't want to see it"

Leave, even if you go sit in your car, take a walk around the block or dash over to your neighbors, just leave.  The buyer will stay longer and pay more attention to your home then if you are there.  If they are interested in your home and have questions I will call your agent and ask.  Think about it.  Would you feel comfortable wandering through someone's master bedroom and checking out the closet space while they were sitting in the living room?

If the buyers fall in love with you home and decide to make an offer there will likely come a time where they will want to meet you and discuss your home at length and in detail with you. Typically buyer's and seller's agents are more than happy to set up this meeting.  It is just not the first time the buyers are viewing your home.

Again, Please keep in mind these statements are meant to be helpful to sellers and give them a chance to look at things from the buyer's perspective.  These are just some of the things that may not typically be thought of as a big deal but do in fact distract buyers focus. 

Noelle Blazevich
John L. Scott - North Bend
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Comment balloon 140 commentsNoelle Blazevich • April 08 2010 07:05PM


Good list, Noelle.  There are, of course, many more that could be added (some of them too gross to write about), but these that you've listed are very common and unhelpful.

Posted by David North, for a rewarding real estate experience (Coldwell Banker Bain) almost 8 years ago

Thanks David

Posted by Noelle Blazevich (John L. Scott) almost 8 years ago

Noelle - this list is tremendous.  I would add a huge Dittos for when the home is being appraised as well - but certainly not as important as actually selling the home. 

Posted by Kent Faver (Faver & Associates) almost 8 years ago

Great post! As a professional stager, these are the very things we discuss with sellers and try to educate them as the the "Why" they can't leave their house as it was when they were just "living" there!

Posted by Valerie Sagheddu, ~Home Staging Professional, Poconos, PA (Apostle Art Home Staging & Design) almost 8 years ago

Awesome list!! I ran into much of this by actually buying a house last year. I wrote a blog post about my experience....

I didnt want to hijack your blog post, so I broke the link. But, I think you will find it very fitting to this post...considering it's from a buyer's perspective.

Posted by Clint Miller (Real Estate Pipeline, Inc.) almost 8 years ago

Thanks for the detailed list.  I find too much furniture an issue too.  When you have to dodge it to get through a room.

Posted by Mark Lackey (Atlanta Housing Source at Solid Source Realty, Inc.) almost 8 years ago

I am also a buyer's agent and this list is typical of what I see as well.  The pet issue is huge.  Snakes, flying bats and household pets are very difficult to get beyond for most buyers.  Strong odors of any type also are a big turnoff -- especially mold and mildew!

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) almost 8 years ago

Fantastic, Noelle! I'm going to print this out and share with seller clients. I nag and nag (some actually listen), but hearing it from this perspective will be helpful. And, btw, I am so tired of going into homes with loose cats. I have one buyer couple who are cat people, and it always adds time onto our showings while they play with the cats instead of looking at the house.

Posted by Carol Doyle almost 8 years ago

Great list!  I can deal with the friendly dog one, because I'm a dog person, really kind of a dog whisperer.  I just get Fido outside early.  Only once did they leave the dog there and he was such a cool dog that he didn't bother any one.  He checked on me, I told him to go outside and he went and laid in the grass.  When we went to the yard he came over and sat next to me.  But he was a service dog for an autistic child.  I understand that locking up the cat can be difficult, but I always shut the door after we enter the house so it's not an issue.  As agents I think we need to be respectful of people's homes and lifestyles and a lot of agents don't do a good job of that at all.  OTOH, if the cat is an escape artist, the owner should relegate her to a single inconsequential room while the house is on the market. 

Posted by Valerie Crowell, Broker Associate (Keller Williams) almost 8 years ago

What a great list, thanks Noelle. I'm sure it will be added to as time goes by!

Posted by Bill Buettner, Your Real Estate Connection (Keller Williams Greater Columbus) almost 8 years ago

Great list, Noelle.  It's no fun being on pet patrol... I can relate to #5. 

Posted by Marcie Sandalow, Bethesda Chevy Chase DC real estate (Marcie Sandalow, Compass 301.758.4894 ) almost 8 years ago

Big Props to #6 - When sellers make it difficult to show a property it is very, very frustrating.  I've had the same thought as you tons of times, thinking "isn't this owner trying to sell his home?"

Posted by Chris Upham (The Upham Group | KW Capital Properties) almost 8 years ago


Great list,

Seller's forget what it was like when they were looking while buying the home.  They also do not apply their critial eye while looking for their new home to their own house thats for sale.

Posted by Michael and Ceili Yablonsky (RE/MAX SunQuest) almost 8 years ago

I would LOVE to re-Blog this.  Invaluable to sellers.

Posted by Gareth Ellzey almost 8 years ago

Great concise article.  You're right on.  I agree with everything (especially being foolish and not letting me show) except making sellers leave, if they can't.  I tell them to make themselves small....when we enter their hideaway, then they go to an area we've alreay been.  I coach my buyers, that the first time we go to a property is to make sure the floorplan/location works...if the homeowner is there nd it's on their top list at the end of the day....then we'll call for a re-show and ask for people/pets to not be there. 

I agree with you about the food cooking....that applies to candles too....buyers want to know what the candle smell is covering up....especially if a cat resides in the property.


Posted by Judi Barr almost 8 years ago

Ths list is worthwhile to print and leave with a seller on the day before the listings begins. "Advice from a buyer's agent." Give them something to think about that was not another session of what the listing agnt said we had to do. Thanks

Posted by Glenn Roberts (Retired) almost 8 years ago

Very nice.  Well-written and a good list to give to sellers.  Thanks for the time and effort!!!

Posted by Suzanne McLaughlin, Sabinske & Associates, Realtor (Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael)) almost 8 years ago

Perfect hit list Noelle, now print it out and give it to all the sellers you know. They may not at first be receptive to all of it however, all of this will HELP them SELL.

Posted by Karen Otto, Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, (Home Star Staging) almost 8 years ago

Super list Noelle.  I would add that the Sellers please straighten up the closets and clean the garage too.  Thanks.

Posted by Tricia Pearson, Real Estate Broker, San Antonio/Hill Country Homes for Sale (Tricia Pearson - Pearson Real Estate - Texas Hill Country) almost 8 years ago

Right on, every point! Having lived all of them...except turn up the it's sellers that set the air cond to 85 in the summer. The most basic programable theromostat will cost less than $100 and can keep the home comfortable during potential showing hours. It's part of the expense when selling your home.

I think your post is another one that should go public! We tell the sellers all these things and they just don't listen...then complain when the house isn't getting showings or doesn't sell.


Posted by Bob Pisa Downing-Frye Realty, Commitment, Service, Satisfaction... (Downing-Frye Realty, Inc. Naples, FL) almost 8 years ago

You make some great points! 

Posted by Laurie Scalf (RE/MAX Victory) almost 8 years ago

thanks for a terrific list!

Posted by Jeanne Dufort, Madison and Lake Oconee GA (Coldwell Banker Lake Country) almost 8 years ago

Good post Noelle.  As an appraiser I have learned to seperate myself from the external distractions of a home and to appraise a home for what it is, however I can see where a buyer would have a hard time doing that.

Posted by Tom Horn, Appraising The American Dream (Thomas Horn, Real Estate Appraiser) almost 8 years ago

Thank you!  Excellent list.....

Posted by Denise Howard almost 8 years ago

This is a great post and so true - thank you so much.  Another one that I would like to add is not keeping a clean house.  The dust balls are very distracting.

Posted by Sharon Bruner (The MarshallWalker.comGroup) almost 8 years ago

Good list, Noelle.  I have also had "theme" decorating issues distract buyers.  Palm trees on everything, giraffes everywhere, dolls on fireplace mantels with doll wallpaper and doll tables, etc.  That's more than a collection of knick knacks and really can suck the life out of a house. It's like going to a museum.

I know when we list homes we don't want to hurt our clients' feelings, but we do them no service if we don't try to explain it from the buyers' perspective.  Thanks for writing this, Noelle!

Posted by Marcy Eastham (Town & Country Realty Corvallis Oregon) almost 8 years ago

While you're at it, why not mention inspections... If "stuff" is stacked up, an accurate inspection cannot be done.  One house I inspected had shelving full of "stuff" right in front of the water heater and A/C air handler.  The homeowner was not able to move it, so those items didn't get inspected.  The buyer almost pulled out of the deal...

Posted by Andrew Cox (Cox Property Services) almost 8 years ago

Great list! I recently viewed a home as part of an office caravan and three good sized dogs met us in the driveway. Not comfortable for me as an agent and most buyers would feel the same.

Posted by Cynthia Taylor (First United Realty) almost 8 years ago

Every item on your list is on point. Agent's, sometimes it's can be difficult to tell your seller's all the things that are necessary to get their home market ready, but the worst thing a seller can do when putting their home on the market is NOTHING. A little preparation, de-personalizing and de-cluttering goes a long way. I tell my clients that clutter eats equity and that clean equals well maintained to the buyer.

Thanks for the list!

Posted by Jennifer Haniszewski almost 8 years ago

Good post. The dog and cat comments are very useful. 

Posted by Carol McCarthy, ABR (Realty World Select) almost 8 years ago

Good One! I too would like to re-blog this.  Just went on a home inspection where the sellers were there!  That was not good. They followed us around etc! and my buyers were so upset afterwards.  It took the excitement out of the entire process. 

Posted by Carol Succarotte Daniels almost 8 years ago


What a great list you have written!  You are not harsh, you are just telling it like it is.  I can see from the number of reblogs you have had how valuable this is to so many.  I agree that is would be helpful for sellers to hear....and maybe coming from another agent would provide a fresh perspective.  I don't usually reblog...but I think this is very valuable.  Thank you!

Posted by Lori Churchill Cofer, Realtor - 509-330-0086 - Pullman, WA (Beasley Realty) almost 8 years ago


This is a fabulous post, and right on target!  I am sure that I have experienced all of these issues with my buyers.  The ones that are particular turn-offs are sellers at home during the showing, pets roaming around, and tonight's dinner on the stove/in the crockpot.  


I would add a suggestion to make the entrance inviting with flowers/planters (and no loose bricks or stones) so that the buyers have something positive to focus on while I'm trying to get the front door open!

Posted by Melissa Brown, Realtor - South Charlotte NC Homes for Sale (Helen Adams Realty) almost 8 years ago

Though there are many others, you definitely hit the top 10 that we see too often.

Posted by JR Poulsen, Building Trusting Relationships (Better Properties UP/Fircrest) almost 8 years ago


All very true.

When I show a home that has these problems it reflects poorly on the home, distracts the buyer, AND reflects poorly on the listing agent. The agent is the professional. They should be instructing the seller.

The other one I would add is having broken closet doors, or closet doors that come down when you try to open them up. If I had a nickle for every time.......

Posted by Jon Boyd, Ann Arbor Real Estate Buyers Agent (Home Buyer's Agent of Ann Arbor) almost 8 years ago

Don't forget make sure to smoke in the house as people love the smell of stale cigarette smoke!

Nancy Levine

Coldwell Banker Devonshire

Denver, CO

Posted by Nancy Levine almost 8 years ago


This would make a great handout for a new listing, to discuss with the sellers before the house starts to get showings!

Awesome headline to your article, BTW!

Posted by Michelle Fradella-Barfuss, Author of "Top 10 Mistakes Agents Make When Market (Marketing Coach - ERA Brokers Consolidated) almost 8 years ago

Love your post!

Posted by Lisa Skripac almost 8 years ago

That's very good Noelle. Thank you for sharing. You just game me an idea of what to say to a listing agent when they call/email for feedback. "Did you train or prepare your client for showings?"


Posted by Richard Bazinet almost 8 years ago

Great list Noelle! My wife and I work as a team so we have a listing agent and a buyers agent. We try to get these points across to all our sellers but I think I will provide a copy of your list so they have the perspective of a buyers agent that has nothing to do with our team for added emphasis.

One more pet. Went into a house once and called out "hello" as I entered. I was answered with a "hello". I said something else and no response. We discussed whether everyone heard a response or not and then heard another "hello" but nothing else. As we went upstairs we entered a game room with a very LARGE bird on a perch. Worst part, the bird's perch was not in any kind of cage! Here we are now in a room with a large uncaged bird sitting at our eye level watching us. "Time to go!"

Posted by Chris Fetrow, A Trusted Name In Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Apex) almost 8 years ago

Noelle, I completely agree with your point about the heat! I live in a town where there are a large number of vacation properties and homeowners often turn the heat way down because they're not using the place often or at all. Quite often it is almost painful to walk through the home because the hardwood, ceramic tile and slate are so cold! It's certainly doesn't help leave any warm fuzzies about the home with the prospective buyers! 

Posted by Chezlene Kocian (MaxWell Mountain Realty) almost 8 years ago

Noelle: Terrifc post and much needed; I have recently found that the sellers are being very carless and not focused on the necessary things that should be done before a showing---maybe it's a bit of "burn-out" which makes it even more crucial that the house be CLEAN, neat and free of personal idenitfying items, including the cat and/or dog!!!

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, Sr. LBA,, ...Finding Your Place In The sun! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

Great post!

We've seen all these in action, and may have to use #1 on a seller this weekend.  2nd time back on the market, thinks it would be better if to be at all showings to better "sell" the house.  Frustration leads to looking for new solutions, but we'll have to do our best to dissuade this as an option.  Our marketing materials already provide all the needed information for the home itself.

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 almost 8 years ago

That's very good Noelle. Thank you for sharing. You just game me an idea of what to say to a listing agent when they call/email for feedback. "Did you train or prepare your client for showings?"

Posted by Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR, Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations (AZuRE Team - Realty ONE Group) almost 8 years ago

Noelle: This is a very good list of how not to sell your home. I'd like to add a few:

  • Leave dirty dishes in the sink
  • Don't empty the trash
  • Don't pick up the toys that are scattered everywhere
  • Don't mow the lawn/rake the leaves at least weekly
  • Don't pick up your dirty underwear you left laying on the bedroom floor
Posted by Michelle Minch, Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA (Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA) almost 8 years ago

Noelle, great points.  In addition to your tips, maybe the best advice to sellers would be to ask, "What do you look for in a home you're considering buying?"  It amazes me how they often forget the things that would turn them off when they look for a new home!

Posted by Jill Banks,, South Jersey Home Stager (Happily Better After Room Redesign & Home Staging) almost 8 years ago

Hi Noelle:

This is an excellent list and basic for many of us.  Thank you.

Beware of the alcoholic! I'd like to share two incidents with you:

I scheduled an open house with clients years back. When I arrived to set up, they were drunk and wanted to stay for the party!  LOL (I'm laughing now)  I had to spend an hour convincing them to leave during the open house.  Mind you, I had discussed all showing rules to them prior to scheduling it.  I also had no idea that they had alcohol issues.


Another incident...also funny now!  I was jogging past one of my listings at 7am.  The owner comes out and starts an argument with me over an offer I submitted to him, which was over list price and a good offer from solid buyers at that time.  He was drunk!  I refused to argue with him.  He asked me to remove my Fore Sale sign and I did....carrying it over my head all the way home.  The lesson....steer clear of your clients/customers (if you can) on your personal time.


Margaret DeCicco

Magic Sage Realty, LLC

New Paltz, NY


Posted by Margie DeCicco almost 8 years ago

Great list Noelle. I have always been more of a buyers agent and use a similar list for my sellers. I tell them that when I list their house I am looking at it through a buyer's eyes.  I like the twist in this list .... how to distract buyers rather than attract an offer.  Seller's and agents need to be reminded that it is about the buyer.

Perhaps now we can get this list for the agents.... you know.... don't put a lockbox on the house, use pictures of the messy kitchen with last nights dinner, or one with the owner in the picture, a note telling buyer's agents not to call for availability....etc


Posted by Kim Espinoza, Connecting Arizona Buyers and Sellers (Realtor, United Broker's Group, Arizona) almost 8 years ago

AND, REALTORS... put clutter, called information, flyers, promotional materials, all over the kitchen counter and neighborhood maps etc on easels around the house!!!  SURE FIRE!!!


Cheers, Jim-In-Paradise

Posted by James Bath, REALTOR® , AHWD® , SRES® ,e-PRO® (Gulf Shores Realty) almost 8 years ago

All of these items are on my list of what not to do that I give sellers, but I still get the excuses.  Sellers don't realize how expensive those dogs & cats are as you keep having to lower the price.

Posted by Linda Jandura, Realtor, North Carolina Buyer & Seller Specialist (Raleigh Cary Realty) almost 8 years ago

Great post. I find thes very same things to be true. anothe one is Backgrounf music. I have turned it off from time to time as the seller cjoice of music is not what the client likes. Keep the update coming.

Posted by Tom R. bell almost 8 years ago
Great post! Everything you mentioned is so true!!!
Posted by Michael Barrow, Realtor, San Diego CA Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty - San Diego Metro) almost 8 years ago

Thanks for all the supporting comments everyone.  I am going to use them to reinforce with my sellers.  I have been working with several buyers lately and these were the top ten things that I saw distracting buyers that are maybe not so obvious to sellers.  Sellers get that undies on the floor or dirty dishes are a bad thing.  They don't always understand or balk at some of this other stuff.  It is great to know that so many of you agree with me.  The feedback from all of us should have more impact then the feedback of one.  Please feel free to share with yor sellers.

Posted by Noelle Blazevich (John L. Scott) almost 8 years ago


Great list...Thanks for sharing it.

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing (Napa Consultants) almost 8 years ago

So true Noelle.  As a professional stager, I always tell clients it isn't even good enough not to have the pet locked up during showings but hide all evidence that they even have a pet.  Many buyers will imagine the house is "dirty" just knowing the owners have a pet regardless of how clean and tidy the owners may be.  And don't even get me started on the homes that smell of pet urine the moment you walk through the door.

Posted by Christine Carroll (Done in a Day Design, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Noelle:  Great post!  At first I thought it was going to be a very negative blog, but you did a great job of keeping it light and informative.  My experiences show me that all ten points are true, and especially points 5 and 6.  Cats that escape the house should not be our problem to deal with.  And sellers who can't or won't accommodate a showing request generally won't get a second chance with those buyers.  I would say that 9 times out of 10, the buyers will not reschedule an appointment if they are not accommodated on the first attempt.  That's not always fair, but that's the way it is. 

And Michelle adds a few other good points, too.  Sometimes it just seems like the sellers are sabotaging themselves, whether it's consciously or unconsciously.  I think your blog will go a long way towards educating our sellers. 

Posted by Chuck Gollay (Exit Realty Paramount) almost 8 years ago

Actually, I just realized you forgot one.  Take the taxidermy off the wall! LOL.  I have a client with a deer head on her wall, I said "Sorry, honey, this one needs to go into storage".  Then a week later I went into not one but two homes with deer heads on the wall.  One had a note that said "I did not kill this animal".  Funny, but doesn't help.  Sellers, take the dead animals out of the house.

Posted by Valerie Crowell, Broker Associate (Keller Williams) almost 8 years ago

Great list....and these are the most  common problems. I would also add, don't lock the master bedroom with a note saying "private" I got that one yesterday. I understand the nerves of having strangers in your home, but we need to be able to see the house.

Posted by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395) almost 8 years ago


I am a home stager and I thank you so much for this great blog.  I will use this when I am doing my consultations if that is ok.  A few more ways to say things or show them can only help the situation.

Karen Hubert

Center Stage

Posted by Karen Hubert, Home Stager (Center Stage Design-real estate staging, Ancaster/Hamilton) almost 8 years ago

A great Blog.  One more to the list...make sure there are no keys to padlocks on the gates to the barn.

Posted by Donnie Keller, Reata Realty - Delivering Excellence (The Reata Realty Group) almost 8 years ago

Noelle... a great post! Would be funnier if only it weren't oh-so-true!

Posted by Pippa Lambert (Home Haven Partners) almost 8 years ago


Thanks for this list - I am going to print it out to give to my sellers.  Even when I tell sellers the things on the list, sometimes it is better to hear it from more than one source (and I can make it "objective" coming from an activerain real estate networking site).  This is helpful; it is right on the nose and to the point - good post.

Posted by Lynne Hofmann-Ritucci (Century 21 Commonwealth) almost 8 years ago

Great post Noelle,

As a stager I give homeowners all of your suggestions (and many more!) during my consultations.  Sellers need to be committed to selling their house.  If they follow these suggestions they won't be inconveneinced for long.



Posted by Diane Beck, Greater Pittsburgh's Award Winning Home Stager (Vibrant Interiors) almost 8 years ago

Hi Noelle,

I think I've encountered every item on your list.  I totally agree that if the Seller remains at the house, the Buyer can not focus at all - so the seller lost that sale.

Also agree with the inability to schedule an appt.  I tried 2x to schedule an appt with a seller agent and was told the seller didn't want to show it until 'x' date. Guess what - when the seller agent called me to try to set up a time (2 weeks later) the buyer didn't want to see the house.

Buyers can lose focus when extraneous items are present. When they see multiple houses, it becomes harder for them to remember anything other than the family photos or dog, etc.

Posted by Catherine Marrone, West Newbury MA real estate, Essex County (Integrity Residential Brokerage LLC) almost 8 years ago

Hi Noelle,

I think I've encountered every item on your list.  I totally agree that if the Seller remains at the house, the Buyer can not focus at all - so the seller lost that sale.

Also agree with the inability to schedule an appt.  I tried 2x to schedule an appt with a seller agent and was told the seller didn't want to show it until 'x' date. Guess what - when the seller agent called me to try to set up a time (2 weeks later) the buyer didn't want to see the house.

Buyers can lose focus when extraneous items are present. When they see multiple houses, it becomes harder for them to remember anything other than the family photos or dog, etc.

Posted by Catherine Marrone, West Newbury MA real estate, Essex County (Integrity Residential Brokerage LLC) almost 8 years ago

Hi Noelle,

I think I've encountered every item on your list.  I totally agree that if the Seller remains at the house, the Buyer can not focus at all - so the seller lost that sale.

Also agree with the inability to schedule an appt.  I tried 2x to schedule an appt with a seller agent and was told the seller didn't want to show it until 'x' date. Guess what - when the seller agent called me to try to set up a time (2 weeks later) the buyer didn't want to see the house.

Buyers can lose focus when extraneous items are present. When they see multiple houses, it becomes harder for them to remember anything other than the family photos or dog, etc.

Posted by Catherine Marrone, West Newbury MA real estate, Essex County (Integrity Residential Brokerage LLC) almost 8 years ago

another item is the powdered "smelly" stuff you sprinkle on the rugs, makes you wonder "what are they hiding", OMG it stinks!!  and the multiple plug ins. What ever happened to just plain clean smell?? Personally with my allergies I hurry out of houses with all the smelly crap. For goodness sakes, open a few windows and clear the air. Trust me the perfume smells DO NOT cover the pet or smoke smell. I showed one recently that smelled so bad from all the different overwhelming smells all I did was sneeze.... how can I possibly show a house and not be able to stand to be inside?? LOL

Posted by Myrtle "Mert" Lemon, Certified Appraiser & Real Estate Broker (Nomel Real Estate, Eagle One Appraisal) almost 8 years ago

Great post and worthy of reblog.  I think that says it all.  I hate it when home showings are really limited.

Posted by Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes (Home Point Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

I had a very distracting one recently, involving a dog in a crate. The sun was beating down on the dog, who had no water. It was horrible and I did close the curtains. Too bad if they didn't like it.

Posted by Joetta Fort, Independent Broker, Homes Denver to Boulder (The DiGiorgio Group) almost 8 years ago


You are a great story teller.  My favorite is Don't let the Cat out.  It is true we worry so much about the animals that we just want to escape from the house instead of Sell It!

Posted by Lorelie LeBrun (RE/MAX Central Realty) almost 8 years ago

Great post, as a professional every home owner should consult with a professional home stager, doing so would help eliminate about half of the points you make...

Posted by Jill Nelson, Interior Design (Jill Nelson Design Services) almost 8 years ago

Great list and great explanations of why each point is so important. -- Tanya in Montreal

Posted by Tanya Nouwens, Montreal Real Estate Broker & Stager (RE/MAX ROYAL (JORDAN) INC. / Tanya Nouwens Inc. almost 8 years ago

Oh you hit it so perfectly. This was a real joy to read.

But one problem is the buyer who wants to look right now but the listing agent needs 24 hr. notice because it is rental property.   (In some states 48.) One listing in our area is still on the market because the seller, of course, wants to sell but the renters won't let anyone in and have changed the locks. Everyone please read the notes to agents in your MLS.

Posted by Wyla almost 8 years ago

Loved the list, especially since I'm getting ready to list my own house! I think everyone (us included) should be required to list, buy and sell periodically - makes me, at least more empathetic about some things and more adamant about others. Thanks!

Posted by Debbe Perry, 828.439.3084 Morganton/Lake James NC (Real Living Carolina Property ) almost 8 years ago

Great list Noelle! I have encountered them all and more. Unfortunately dirty undies on the floor are not as obvious to some sellers as we would think. However even the stacks of folded laundry need to be put away. I must say Karen Parsons #59 takes the cake. Locked master with "Private" on the door. Are they serious? The realtor needs to nip that one in the budd right away!


Posted by Leslie Causey (LC Home Staging & Redesign) almost 8 years ago

Noelle, GREAT POST for the Sellers, I try to get them to think like the Buyer when they are Selling but some refuse to believe their pet would offend anyone."It is just a cat, it will hide from them anyway" My dog loves people! When an owner leaves a home a pet becomes the protector of that home. Dogs especially will change personalities and go into the protective mode. What if the animal had an "accident after you left"That would be a HELLO & SURPRISE for the potential BUYER!

Don't set yourselve up for failure when selling your home. Listen to what your agent is telling you they have been to 100's of appointments both selling and buying.



Posted by Debby Langford, Garfield-Western Slope Home Stager (Altitude Designs Home Staging of Colorado) almost 8 years ago

Thanks for the conciseness of the blog.  i will need to repost in mine and give a copy to my reluctant sellers ASAP.  They are not listening even when i go over/send them the written comments some realtors have been so very kind and thoughtful to leave for me for them.  AND both these people have the same comments about other's homes.  what gives ????? !!!!


Posted by Hermia Craft (Prudential California Realty) almost 8 years ago

Thank you for your post and this is good for sellers to read. Sometimes it is not always easy to express the importance of these to sellers.

Posted by Ellen Dittman, #1 Stop for NE FLA-JAX/OP 904.535.1199 (TEXT OK) r (Watson Realty Corp.) almost 8 years ago

I just listed my own house and you best believe every light is on and the dogs go with us.  No family pics (I'm not a family pic person) and our scaredy cat will not even be seen as it will be hiding in the corner of the utiliity room behind the furnace.  I got rid of all the extra "stuff" and it looks better without it.  I'd have to be on my death bed to not allow a showing.  I want to sell!

It kills me when we walk into a house where the owner is home and there isn't a light on.  I have to grope for lights and the place looks dark and dingy.  I always tell my sellers how to show their place for appointments but I guess some agents don't bother.  And I love the "halls of shame" with lots of family photos that my buyers view like they're in a museum, walking past features of the home.  Duh!

Posted by Judy Orr, SW & Near West Chicago suburbs (HomeSmart Realty Group) almost 8 years ago

Great list! I actually wrote an ebook 5 years ago called "Irresistible Open Houses" especially geared towards the seller involving helping Realtors get ready for open houses.

No, I'm not a Realtor, but I collected a lot of info from many, plus some from Home Inspectors and Stagers. I had also done a FSBO (never again- get a professional Realtor!) just prior to writing it.

It has a lot of this kind of stuff in it. The drunks I didn't factor in - lol!

Those with dogs also need to clean up those back yards before open house time for sure. Nothing like some doo doo on a shoe to distract you from the house, huh?



Posted by Barb almost 8 years ago

Great Post!!!  I always try to convey this to sellers!  They think their little things are what look great in the home.

Posted by Denny and Denise Rockwell, Real Estate Professionals, Staging & Design (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties) almost 8 years ago

Best lilst I have ever seen.  I am going to use it with my sellers from now on.  Thanks, Noelle.

Posted by Jirius Isaac, Real Estate & loans in Kenmore, WA (Isaac Real Estate &TriStar Mortgage) almost 8 years ago

#00  Don,t help us show it, all the buyer thinks is, where is my car door handle?

Posted by Rob D. Shepherd, Principal Broker ABR, GRI (Windermere/lane county) almost 8 years ago

Noelle, Amen.  times 10.  It seems really difficult for some to see what things look like from another's perspective.  And you are dead spot on with every one of these.

Posted by League City, TX - Worrell Team, REALTORS, GRI, CNE (RE/MAX 1st Class) almost 8 years ago

And all of this si the sign of a BAD AGENT, not just a bad seller. The listing agent must be strong enough to tell the sellers what they have to do in order to sell the house... Most agents can do that. Where most agents fail and become part of the problem is that they do not MAKE IT HAPPEN. I will flat out refuse any listing where it is clear the owner does not want to sell the home. Sellers that do the things you listed (and so many more), are not really motivated to sell the home.

If they will not pack all the nick nacks and family pictures... I refuse the listed

If they will not allow me to install an electronic locbox... I refuse the listing

If they will not clean the home and clean up the property... I refuse the listing

There are many things the seller may not be able to do because of funds or physical limitations that would allow for a better ability to sell, but the ones that they can do and refuse...


You guessed it... I REFUSE THE LISTING. Do not be afraid to walk away for the problem children. If they will not do the basics, how do you think they will react to price reductions or low ball offers? This is just the start of the battle. If the clients can not even impress you, do you think the buyers or buyer's agents will be impressed?

Posted by Richard Foster, Broker, ABR/M, CREN, CRS, GRI, RRG, SFR (Nevada Perfect Homes) almost 8 years ago

Your post made me laugh because it's so true! As an appraiser I actually enjoy meeting peoples' pets and I don't care what temperature it is, but I can't tell you how many dark, cluttered houses I've been in. I try to photograph the property as best I can so that the focus is on the house and not the occupant's belongings, but it's just impossible sometimes. We're also instructed by most lenders to make sure that family photographs do not appear in our interior photos, as that would disclose the race of the occupants. And don't even get me started on how hard it is to nail down an appointment sometimes...

Posted by Elizabeth Dingler (Independent Appraiser) almost 8 years ago

Love, Love, Love your post... Especially the image of you chasing Houdini the Wonder Cat.  Been there ;)

I would add to your list "Keep the Volume Turned Up on Your Answering Machine" as a sure fire way to distract buyers from your home.  There's nothing more distracting for a buyer, or detrimental to a seller, than hearing the phone ring during a showing followed by the personal messages intended for the home owner.

Posted by Bernice Dubon, Calgary Alberta Realtor (RE/MAX First 403-607-9117) almost 8 years ago

Hi Noelle, Yes, this is really great post! I have encountered many animals in the home, from time to time.  Really a distraction; especially when cat runs out the door, and your not supposed to let cat out!  thanks for sharing!

Posted by Ginger Moore (Wilkinson & Associates Realty) almost 8 years ago


Good afterternoon. OUTSTANDING !! I have so got to print and get this to two of my Listings Owners !

Have a great weekend,

Steven Zimmerman Realtor ABR GRI / Prudential Best Realty, Inc. / GULF HARBORS, on Florida's Gulf of Mexico

Posted by Anonymous almost 8 years ago




Good afterternoon. OUTSTANDING !! I have so got to print and get this to two of my Listings Owners !

Have a great weekend,

Steven Zimmerman Realtor ABR GRI / Prudential Best Realty, Inc. / GULF HARBORS, on Florida's Gulf of Mexico

Posted by Steven Zimmerman, Husband & Father, @Gulf_Harbors Resident Realtor (Belloise Realty Tropical ) almost 8 years ago

Ok.  I want this list to give to my sellers!!!!!!  You nailed it.

Posted by Charlotte Stilwell, Broker-Associate (Century 21 Hardee Team Realty) almost 8 years ago

I was looking for the re-blog button too:)  Great post!

Posted by Anonymous almost 8 years ago

Love it!!:)

Posted by Tina Holan, T&T Real Estate, LLC almost 8 years ago

This is great.  I've often thought about putting together a complete list of "market no-no's" when people sell their homes.  You've done a great job of that!  I was looking for the re-blog, hope you don't mind!

Posted by Nicole Donaghy, Helping Families Home in Lexington and Columbia (Re/Max Purpose Driven) almost 8 years ago

This is an awesome post and something I myself deal with quite often. I deal with a lot of buyers more than sellers at this time and all of these things listed has happened to me. Some even not mentioned. I hope that sellers read this and understand that it is for their own good.

Posted by Royalyn Ponder almost 8 years ago

Wonderful list - hope you won't mind if I use it for my listings.

Comments coming from others are more valuable than the ones

from me sometimes.   Thanks.  Bernie

Posted by Bernie Ryan, Century 21, Sac. CA almost 8 years ago

Thanks so much!  Great List!

Posted by Sue Wettstein Brazzel & Dipper Wettstein, "Fast, Efficient, Hassle-Free Service!" (Howard County, MD - RE/MAX 100 - Columbia MD) almost 8 years ago


I'm going to re-blog!  Thanks again.


Posted by Sue Wettstein Brazzel & Dipper Wettstein, "Fast, Efficient, Hassle-Free Service!" (Howard County, MD - RE/MAX 100 - Columbia MD) almost 8 years ago

 As an appraiser, I'd like to add one:  Don't turn off the power and water if the home is vacant.  You can't imagine the smell a home has after several people have used the toilet in an emergency but not been able to flush it. 

Posted by Pete Deatherage (Pacific Appraisals) almost 8 years ago

Fantastic list Noelle! You have articulated the issues well without coming off as mean!

Going to use this for my clients as well!


Posted by Charity Weeks almost 8 years ago

Great set of tips here.  I am reblogging this one.

Posted by Brenda Carus (Century 21 Zwygart Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

Well done!  I'd like to reblog this too, if I can get past the proxy errors!

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) almost 8 years ago

Great post and much needed. Thank you. I would add one more tip: "Keep your medicine bottles out..."

Posted by Kasia Zajac, GRI, SFR (Baird & Warner) almost 8 years ago

Great List - will be using some of these "suggestions"

Posted by Debbie Konter almost 8 years ago


This is a truly awesome post as the number of re-blogs and comments attest. Going to re-blog it myself too!


Posted by Steve and Jan Bachman, Realtors - Northern Virginia (RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax ) almost 8 years ago

Very well said!  I didn't at all think it was hateful. Extremely good advice and it's what we all want other agents to tell their sellers.

Posted by Leigh Ann Holman, REALTOR - Century 21, River Valley, Arkansas (479)774-5166 (Leigh Ann Holman - Century 21 Glover Town & Country) almost 8 years ago

What a great list and great comments as well!  I have one to add: NEVER clean your appliances, especially if they are included with the sale!   (Oh the things I have seen....)


Posted by Carole L. MacCollum, Broker/Realtor 207-337-4792 (HOME AT LAST REAL ESTATE) almost 8 years ago

I'm a buyer's agent and I can't tell you how important smells are in showing a home. There is something about super strong air fresheners, or an over abundance of fake plants that have the eucalyptus scent, but here is an important addition to this great list. I warn you I am blunt.


Okay I said it. Seriously. Please have diaper bins emptied, litter boxes cleaned out and toilets flushed. I can't begin to tell you what I have encountered with clients, but it is a serious turn off.

Sorry. Great post.

Posted by Dana Hollish Hill, Lead Associate Broker (Hollish Hill Group, Keller William Capital Properties) almost 8 years ago

I think you've written a real winner here, Noelle!  With 109 comments and 26 reblogs (now 27).  Great, great list.  Thanks.

Posted by Roger Johnson, Realtor - Hickory NC Real Estate (Hickory Real Estate Group) almost 8 years ago

Great points  - i think you hit them all - have seen the cat one, the dog one, the food one, the family pictures and of course the nick nacks.... Seen em all and they are distracting....

Posted by Kathy Knight, BROKER, ABR, CRS, GRI, SFR, Wilmington NC Homes an (Intracoastal Realty Corp) almost 8 years ago

Noelle, good job! Let's not forget about the rental home who's tenants refuse to cooperate because the don't want to leave. The seller's agent must have resolve and guide the owner in how to prepare!

Posted by Risa Liebster, Toluca Lake Real Estate (Ramsey-Shilling Associates) almost 8 years ago

Noelle, what a wonderful post. Professional Stagers everywhere will applaud you. Extra credible coming from your direct experience with buyers in the home.

I have a couple comments -

Many posted that they or others are a bit shy or hesitant to lay it on the line for sellers. Don't want to hurt their sellers feelings. Rather than simply handing them a list of things to read --- which they will still think don't apply to them -- this is a great reason to hire a professional stager. You have a third party expert to give the seller the lowdown on their specific home and issues, preserving your relationship with your seller. A good stager is absolutely awesome at getting sellers on board without hurting their feelings.

Also, I'm a pet lover and wrote a couple posts on the topic of showing your home when you have pets. The first is written from the standpoint of sellers needing to keep their pets safe. Quite a different slant on it --- but it appeals to their love of their pets which is something they can get on board with. The second is about making it easier for the seller to deal with all the pet issues. I have included the URL's here, but to be polite on your post, they are not live links. If someone would like to read them, you'll have to copy and paste.


Posted by Pangaea Interior Design Kitchen & Bath Design, Remodeling (Portland Oregon) almost 8 years ago

That is right on!!

Posted by Angel Lynn almost 8 years ago

I have the ultimate way to get a buyer to leave quickly... true story... The seller didn't inform her tenant of the showing. The 3 elderly women, my clients, walked in on a very naked man who smelled of alcohol.

Posted by Anonymous almost 8 years ago

I'd call that the Ten Commandments of Staging a home.  Just these ten will work wonders for marketing the home.  When you see the benefits of this list you can imagine what more detailed consideration in preparing a home can do for the seller and the buyer.


Posted by Cindy Snider (UPSTAGE) almost 8 years ago

Great list Noelle.  But no matter how many times we tell the sellers about these, some just can't fathom that not every one is just like them with the exact same taste and if they're not they're no good any way!

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) almost 8 years ago

Awesome list!  I have run into most of these in my career.  When are people going to learn??

Posted by Home Design, Home Design and Real Estate almost 8 years ago

I enjoy reading these kinds of blogs.  So true.  Thanks so much. 

Posted by Nicole Anderson (Lake Homes Realty ) almost 8 years ago

Especially in this tough market with so much competition, what makes sellers think all the faults you listed in your post will be looked upon lovingly? That's why it's our job to tell them to up their game or they have slim chances of attracting a buyer!

Posted by Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS (Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

Great blog - the list hits every nail on the head. 

Posted by Iris Shamas (ITS Realty) almost 8 years ago

Great post...and I agree with Virginia...Those steps can be scary, especially when children are running around and you are trying to keep track of them, too. 

Posted by Don Sabinske, Sabinske & Associates Inc. (Don Sabinske, Sabinske & Associates Inc.) almost 8 years ago

Nicole, thanks a great post. 

You have my reblog. 

Posted by Real Estate Guy in Madison, Wisconsin, Real Estate Guy (Powered by: eXp Realty) almost 8 years ago

Don't forget "Refuse to ackowlege the cat pee smell in your home"

Posted by Geoff ONeill (John L. Scott Medford) almost 8 years ago

10 sure fire ways to keep your home on the market longer!


Posted by Ty Lacroix (Envelope Real Estate Brokerage Inc) almost 8 years ago

So true always surprises me when Sellers want to sell their home for the highest dollar when they do nothing to make their home appealing to Buyers.  I do have the occasional Seller that does not want t do anything to their home prior to showing and I tell them truthfully that it will take much longer to sell and they will not get top dollar for their poperty.  When I have this type of Seller I make sure to write into the listing agreement that if the listing does not sell or if the Seller cancels the contract and relists with another agent that they will reimburse me for my marketing costs.  That pretty much seals the deal and 95% "fix" up the house so its appealing. I've only had to ask for reimbursement from 1 Seller about 7-8 years ago.

Posted by Lydia Puller, Realtor, Homes for Sale in San Francisco, Marin & East Bay (Vanguard Properties) almost 8 years ago

That's a great list with a reminder that trying to sell a home is like going out on a first date. You want to make the best impression.

Posted by Monique Ting, Oahu Real Estate (INET Realty Honolulu, HI) almost 8 years ago

Great post and it's all true.  Although for the Listing Agent it sometimes doesn't matter how well they coach their seller just won't listen.

Posted by Gary Pike (Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers) almost 8 years ago

Great tell them this and they just dont see it...

Posted by Joel Jadofsky, One of the Top Realtors in Panama City Beach Area (Keller Williams - homes for sale - Florida - Gulf - Beach ) almost 8 years ago

Yes, yes, and yes!!! It may be good for an agent who can't get a seller to comply to enlist the help of a stager who will reinforce the same information and maybe help get the seller to comply and get their home sold!!!!

Posted by Sedruola Maruska (Exit First Choice Professional Realty) almost 8 years ago

Thank you all for all your comments in support of this blog entry.  I had to laugh yesterday while showing homes when not one, but two sellers were present during the showing even though we had gone to great lengths to avoid it.  My buyers were not thrilled.

Posted by Noelle Blazevich (John L. Scott) almost 8 years ago

Your list is fabulous & so accurate!

Posted by Merri Harrison almost 8 years ago

I really REALLY hate those airfresheners plugged in right at the front door. You walk in and WOW, what's that smell? The seller might think it's a nice smell, but buyers feel they're covering something up and you just singed their nose hairs doing it!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - almost 8 years ago

Great list, let me add:

Don't make obvious repairs and sell "As Is" for sellers convenience!  A sure fire reason for the Buyer to ask "What else is wrong?"

Posted by Steven Pahl, Real Estate Consultant Tampa, FL 813-319-6423 (Keller Williams Tampa Properties) almost 8 years ago

Excellent post Noelle!  I wish I could just email it to all my sellers!

Posted by Gary Swanson (Century 21 Harris & Taylor) over 7 years ago

Love this post and applies to everyone!  Thank you for sharing it!

Posted by Sonja Adams (Samson Proprties) over 7 years ago

Exceent post!  I loved it and I laughed a lot while reading it!

Posted by Shanna Hall, I love selling houses!!!St. Louis, MO 314-703-1311 (Real Estate Solutions) over 7 years ago

This is good stuff Noelle. Take all the magnets off the refrigerator, could be #11.

Posted by Wayne B. Pruner, Tigard Oregon Homes for Sale, Realtor, GRI (Oregon First) over 7 years ago

Noelle, thanks for this great list.  Re-blogging.....


Posted by Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 (Century 21 Absolute Realty ) over 7 years ago

As a stager, I really appreciate the input from a "boots on the ground" person who can say with authority what stagers say every day.  We are never present when the buyer sees these things, but we say with absolute surety that these things are true.  Problem is, since we are not present, there appears to be some doubt as to the authenticity of our statements.  THANK YOU for confirming, what you have witnessed and we profess to every seller we work with.  Judging from some MLS photos, some of your RE peers need to listen along with the sellers! =o) Re-blogged!

Posted by c m over 7 years ago

Thanks for the list!  I was in a house last week and all the doors on the kitchen cabinets were open.  I thought that was odd until I tried closing them, and none of them would close, they were all swollen.  Then interestingly enough I saw a toy monkey hanging from the ceiling on the opposite side of the room.  I asked the realtor if this was an attempt to distract me from the cabinets.  She didn't know or wouldn't say.

A certain clue that a house is a dump and not worth the time to look at it, is the photos you see at  If the photos are all closeups of a wall, or just various angle shots of one part of the outside, then you know they are hiding all the scary looking kitchens, bathrooms, basements, etc., by NOT showing them in the photos.

Posted by David almost 7 years ago

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