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Mistakes Sellers Make: What's Even Worse than a Stinky Cat Box?

When I woke up that morning, I knew it was going to be a my-oh-my-what-a-wonderful day.

There was plenty of sunshine headed my way through my bedroom window, and I was about to show an adorable couple their new home.  


i'd seen it a couple of years ago, and Iknew that it met all of their wants and needs.  And they fell hard for the virtual tour on MRIS - from the curb appeal to the open floor plan kitchen with granite and spa bath and wall of bookcases in the living room.  

So I picked them up, and to create the build up, I included two other houses that we saw first.  Both nice, but I knew that third time would be the charm.

And it might indeed have been The One.  Except for one, well, several little things. 

They were little things that moved.  They had antennae, they had a lot of legs.  They were really, really creepy.  And these small creatures, less than an inch long, chased my buyers out of this otherswise perfect home.

If you are selling a house and if you have any kind of "bug" issues, handle it before your home finds its way to the Internet, before agents start showing it to their clients.  

This beautiful home had a huge roach issue - and roaches are just aboutt he grossest of the gross.  This was a house that even an entimologist could't love.

This home stayed on the market for a long time.  And in just one afternoon, a good exterminator could have fixed the problem.  

I explained to my buyers that killing the bugs wasn't that big a deal if there was any chance that this house was The One. 

But It wasn't The One.  Talk about a buzz kill!  

At least there weren't any rodents in the place.  Now that would have grossed me out!

Comment balloon 27 commentsPatricia Kennedy • January 14 2014 07:59PM
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