Daily Archives: March 30, 2010

In 2010 is this New Zealands Most IMPORTANT Room

In case you were curious here is the answer……………..

If you are looking to sell your property, then to my way of thinking, there is only one room in the whole home that is solely the singlely most important one …

In daily “Real Estate” life I hear and participate in many conversations relating to/about what rooms in the home should be “perked up.”

Perked up …………..generally refers to in 2010 an improved, or “staged situation” ………aka something that is presented in a “very ready” to sell proposition.

Amongst other things, I’m also hinting here about de-personalisation.***

But I digress, from an individual home owner’s perspective, this may seem just a tad trivial and too “TV program”-’ ish …..….just like the Apple Pie in the oven stuff………but actually it is really really important.

Even I will admit, I too don’t really know what it is about this “small room” ….but let me tell you,  there IS definitely something there……

So here is Daves stab in the dark …………..

I suspect that whether we like it or not………. the basic human emotion which engages thoughts about our “human cleanliness / hygiene” side………happen practically automatically.

Its generally accepted that we as humans have five senses, and if ever there was any single room in a house that partook of most of those, then I too would have to concur……it would probably be the bathroom.

What I’m suggesting is that ……….bear with me here……is that there is a heck of a lot more implied here than at first, and also at…..if it can be explained this way….at second thoughts.

I have to admit that the scale of the home owners “human hygiene/cleanliness” has a massive bearing on my overall opinion of the property at a “caravan++”

Its not hard to envisage the next logical step here …..that by extrapolating that first glance at  the “bathroom” situation…….a potential buyer would form/conceive in their own mind a “picture of the overall state/feeling of the home.”

Yes….yes….I know….you don’t like the colour of the bathroom, the laundry, the kitchen and so that tips you over the edge when it comes to buying a home that you………otherwise “just love.”

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Most folk know that for less than $100 you can very swiftly change, with the help of some litres of Taubmans, the colour of that bathroom, kitchen……whatever…….but the $64K question is – is that REALLY all that it is……..?

Let me be forward and suggest that it is NOT.

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Perhaps this is something, that you as the seller, may not find comfortable…..but…..

In the eyes of a buyers, is your home “dirty?”

Probably nothing in the home has the potential to involve all a persons senses, whether they realise it or not……but this room can do that!

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But David what the heck does this have to do with the rest of our fabulously presented home?

Long story short – “HEAPS!”

But let me tell you if you do take that 30 seconds out of your day before the agents inspection and also the Open Home……..it will pay itself back many-fold.

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NOTES

++ – “caravan” – industry term for that event usually on a Tuesday when all the agents from your listing company come around to visit the property ….main reason……so that after they have seen your new listing – they can get on the blower promptly to let their buyers  know about this”newly listed” property on the market

*** – “de-personalisation” – glad you have read this far…..and if you have here is one of my best tips…….and yes it will be a hassle for most home sellers…..but anyway here it is……remove every single thing from your bathroom…..and yes I mean everything visible…….except for some new “full sized” soap…..and a selection of towels, one or two depending on your bathrooms size. Get out of sight any shampoo / conditioner bottles, loofaas, flannels, rubbish bins, extra toilet rolls, etc.

From experience,  this simple act………will be one of  the most important things you can possibly conduct for your home to sell.