ARE YOU A REALTOR WHO IS TIRED OF TELLING YOUR CLIENTS:
- It would be wonderful if you could get rid of all the family pictures and personal items. Including the naked portrait of your wife from the 70’s.
- Cleanliness is next to Godliness, so it would be great if you could “really” clean your house. I mean clean enough so we can eat off the floor. Pretend the President, the Pope or if you are a TMZ/People magazine kinda person, let’s pretend the Kardashian’s, or Justin Beiber are coming over for dinner. How would you want your house to look? That’s what I’m talking about!
- Having the windows and screens washed inside and out really makes a difference in the overall cleanliness of the house. I mean, I love your dogs, but slobber on the sliders doesn’t always make a future buyer who hates animals thrilled about your home.
- Ohhh don’t forget the outside! Power-washing all the mildew off the walkways, driveway and patios is always a plus. Once again, the clean thing. Sorry to be repetitive but I have heard you need to repeat things over and over again so that people actually hear you. Well, maybe I learned this from my husband, he never seems to hear my constant chatter.
- I adore your kids, but it would be best if you could put away all the primary colored plastic kid furniture and the potty chair from the family room. I totally understand your child is potty training, but some people might not understand how a parent would do anything to get their kid out of diapers, including putting a potty chair in every room in the house and carry one in the back of their SUV. Yes, I always carried a potty chair for my girls in the trunk of my car, so I get it.
- Get rid of all the “clutter” and yes that includes your collection of ceramic pigs and plastic house plants. We all have a different idea of what constitutes clutter so as you walk through your home and look on the tops of all the tables, counters, dressers, armoires, etc., try to determine if an item is “clutter.” Pick up each item and ask yourself, ” does this piece add to the overall look of this room, or is it just something I love but no one else would care to see?” Hard to do, but it is a must. I will gently guide you through with process without judging.
- Touch up the walls with paint and/or get rid of any marks on the walls with a magic sponge. A newly painted wall feels incredible to everyone. It screams out to buyers, “Yes, I cared enough to paint my walls for you.”
- Add some new throw pillows to your ultra-suede sectional so it doesn’t look so big, brown and like a dark hole I may never emerge from.
- It is always a good idea to pull those weeds on the path towards the front door and add a few annual flowers. And we should probably get rid of the poinsettia, not everyone likes them year around.
- It would be great if you could clean up all “that stuff” you have piled on the side of your house.
- The kitchen, the heart of the home. Once again the clutter thing. Please clean off your kitchen counters, yes that includes your spice rack, Kitchen Aide, Cuisinart, and stack of mail you haven’t gone through, etc. I will probably let you leave your coffee maker out if you remove everything else. I can’t see, function or move without my coffee, so I make an exception for that appliance, which most people understand.
- Yes, we need to take all your children’s drawings off the refrigerator so the buyers can see you have a stainless steel subzero under all their “art”.
And the list goes on and on.
Wouldn’t it be great if someone else broke this news to your clients? That’s where I come in.
I can do it for you, so you don’t have to. Let me be the “bad guy.”
You stick to selling the home and I will help the homeowners get the house market ready. First I will help them declutter, organize and rearrange the furniture to it is more appealing to potential buyers. After I have finished this process, for which I am paid hourly, I can then “stage” the home with accessories, art, plants, pillows and small furniture items brought in by me for a determined price.
After all this is done, your new listing will be perfectly cleaned, organized, and looking like the home every buyer wants to purchase.
If you are a local Realtor interested in using my services there are 3 ways we can approach our relationship.
This first way:
You can market my services as a “gift” to all your new listings and pay for my services or offer to pay for several hours of my work? I have been told by several agents that paying for my services is a “no brainer” because the value I provide far outweighs the cost of hiring me. You be the judge.
The second way:
You tell your clients, you have someone who will help them get their home “market ready” and I show up with you when you contract with them for the listing or immediately thereafter. This works really well because as you know, when clients sign to list their home, they are stressed thinking about everything that needs to get done. If I am there with you, I can assure them that we can get it done together and it won’t be so overwhelming. They will also look to me for advice on what we need to do instead of calling you everyday whether they really need to declutter and or remove all the family pictures that are literally on every surface in the home.
Plus, I don’t judge. I raised a special needs daughter who destroyed every surface in our home daily and nothing scares me. I am patient, sympathetic and can find a way to help them get rid of their “stuff” without them having an anxiety attack.
The third way:
You can just pass along my contact information and hope they call me so when you show up on video/picture day you aren’t running around stashing stuff in cabinets.
If you are interested in working with me, you can contact me at:
firstname.lastname@example.org/ 949 422-7877