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You Enter The New Home Listing Kitchen And You Say "Self, This Place Is Attractive, Done Right."

But just as you gawk around that new kitchen with the acres of cool smooth pink granite, stainless steel, stained glass lighting it is time to continue the house tour. Reluctantly you and your clipboard leave the kitchen, trailing behind the seller.granite maine kitchen

Walking across the expensive imported tile your footstops echo off the flooring.

You enter the dining room like someone turned a Twilight Zone switch. It is 1957 to a tee and you start down shifting mental gears.

The living room is 1966 all over again.

You hear "Hey hey we're the Monkees" between your ears start up as you continue to scribble, make notes.

The bathroom Mary Kay Pink. Probably from the same 1957 era as the dining room you deduce.

Ditto for the long dark hall that is like entering the Eisenhower Tunnel.


How did the kitchen get all the attention of a spoiled, favorite child? What caused the record ripping across a vinyl sound, the operation with the saw horses and air tools to screech to an abrupt stop? The rest of the home not touched, brought up the same level at all. Betting all the house budget on the kitchen and thinking the money for the rest of the renovation would come and it dried up? Your winning lottery numbers not?

We see it and I call the house condition "out of balance". You explain the entire home needs to be brought up to similiar levels. Like jacking up, raising a home that has settled. You don't pump for all you are worth on one point. Because the rest of the home gets out of shape, breaks, cracks. So when, if I get to tour a home before the rehab it is stressed, pointed out to make sure the budget is spread over the entire spectrum of the house job jar slips from the "to do" list collection.

If the home owner does not, you get them all excited in one area just to let them back down in the rest of the home. And the improved areas serve to create an uncomfortable contrast to the original portions that have been neglected, let go. Not the impression most real estate buyers are looking for or one the market rewards. Often they intended to keep the air hammer gun working like a little beaver but something happens.




Layoff, health issues, divorce, relocaton or just went nuts with plastic. Ran out of money from poor or no planning. Or the wrong contractor that went through bankruptcy in the middle of the exercise won the job that went quickly down hill, had a seizure. The one where you paid him up front, not a third, third, third metered out. Maybe he was a family member or used to be before the divorce papers were served and everything went upside down. Maine, always your best case scenario. And a place your heart AND your head are humming the same tune, in agreement. Both happy to be in Maine.

I'm Maine REALTOR Andrew Mooers, Broker | 207.532.6573

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Comment balloon 9 commentsAndrew Mooers | 207.532.6573 • March 29 2011 06:57PM


Good point Andrew, as with many things in life, balance is the key. The money spent could have given the impression of overall improvement if it had been spent wisely.

Posted by Donna Malone, Homes and Property for Sale Nova Scotia (Waterfront, Luxury, Family, Affordable, Cottage, Deals) over 9 years ago

Donna... "Easy does it". I see that bumper stickers and think it is good advise. One they tell you at AA if you are in the habit of bringing home a 30 pack and a half gallon from the local package store nightly right? Some of these homes with projects started in each room and stopped can make you very tired. To weakly utter "Welcome to my nightmare" if it was your home.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 9 years ago

You paint a great picture.  Have seen many situations like this.  Life does have a way of changing.

Posted by Cindy Edwards, CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677 (RE/MAX Checkmate) over 9 years ago

Cindy ... adjust your sails cause the wind is whatever it is, coming in from which ever direction she is blowing.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 9 years ago

I enjoy your story telling.  I am sure you are quite persuasive when it comes to the directions you share with your clients and prospects.  (On another note all this video on the site makes your page load sooooooo slowly.)

Posted by Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you. (YourStories Realty Group powered by Castles Unlimited®) over 9 years ago

Love the wording on your post... Life does happen afterall doesn't it?

Posted by Bob Sooy (Realty World Northeast LLC) over 9 years ago

Larry ... we have to wrench up your Internet connection. They are optimized, rendered to not do that and that is a first for comment. Will check the AR platform for server quirks but they are loading, playing super on this end.

Bob... It sure does.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 9 years ago

As a home stager I see this all the time - just when I get so excited walking through a home we hit the dreaded pick bathroom - no way to help that except a complete renovation - lol!

Posted by Kristine Ginsberg, NJ Home Stager (Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC) over 9 years ago

Or add 15 watt lightbulbs. Or one nighlight 7 watt and call it good.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 9 years ago

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