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Let's Talk About Basements. If You Are A Real Estate Seller Hoping To Sell....

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Basements...How Does The One Look In The Property You Are Selling, Buying, Marketing?

One 7.5 watt night light size bulb over in the corner? And that's it for lighting? Chance to test your homeowner's insurance coverage as the buyer stumbles down the steps that have no railing(s) ?   Cellar windows open or missing and no screens so bees, wasps and even a stunk can visit and stay? With the missing light bulbs, how would you know they are down there...oh yeah your nose, your ears and being stung is a good indicator.  Bag of potatoes and collection of bottles on the steps making it a foot wide passage way from side to side on the way down as you hope all the steps are there but can't see them for junk and Helen Keller lighting? That really impresses a buyer who worries about what is ahead.  They've seen the movie "Silence of the Lambs" and know what can happen in basements.

  Odors? Fuel oil, old vegetables, kids smelly hockey or sports gear ? Items from your mom and dad's estate sale that you could not part with but may ultimately end up in a dumpster ? Concrete walls or nice fresh paint? If there is going to be cargo that has to stay until a sale, how about one big pile of cargo organized rather than "stuff" here, there and everywhere making the place hard to see and putting a buyer on edge of tripping over something.  You want them looking at the home not concentrating on avoiding stepping on a glass bottle or feeling there way along with your mini maglight that has 2% of its battery life left. 

Your basement...is it looking like "early prison" or bright, well lighted, clean and free of obstacle paths ?  Same for garage...if it is so full of stuff no cars can go in them, how would you view the place on the first tour as a buyer? What would be you gut feeling? You might wonder what a mess and wonder what else the owner has let slide that you can not see behind the mess and clutter? Return on rolling up sleeves, installing light bulbs and reducing clutter is great and expected if you really want to sell this home and make it look as good or better than the other tires they are kicking.

Remember a used car salesman who told our high school class a tip on buying a "pre owned" vehicle.  The outside may be waxed, inside smelling cherry and new mats installed.  But his advice was to look where it does not show...if the trunk is orderly, all the tire andcellar image, picture of basement,home for sale,maine real estate,mooers realty changing tools are carefully stored where the factory intended, that means the oil was probably changed on time and the vehicle was not abused or neglected.  The trunk was where you could tell if there was an accident. Paint overspray and less detail was given to the repair in the trunk, the less obvious place for detail and attention. Pride of ownership beams like a thousand watt beacon from a home that is tip top, ship shape and maintained ! The place helps promote itself and reflects on the owner. Remember the buyer is purchasing the largest single investment he/she will ever make in their life time.

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Comment balloon 4 commentsAndrew Mooers | 207.532.6573 • March 25 2008 04:08PM

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Excellent message, Andrew. We went in a basement one time and there was a 2 ft wide path that wound around, there were clothes stacked floor to ceiling - they didn't wash clothes, just put them in the basement and bought new.
Posted by Bonnie & Terry Westbrook, Grand Rapids MI Real Estate (Westbrook Realty) over 12 years ago
Bonnie..I've seen that kind of home.  But clothes not just in cellar.  Every room, wall to wall clothes. They use them all, then spend all weekend doing 32 loads of laundry.  Now that's quality family time don't ya know!
Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 12 years ago
I wish some of my listings looked this good...your message is right on the nose!
Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 12 years ago
Thanks for dropping in? What kind of snow fall did you have in Minnesota? We have had over 183 inchces! YIKES!
Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 12 years ago

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