Last weekend, I headed out to show houses in Loudoun Country, where I came across a curb appeal faux pas that was so awful that I couldn't photograph it and couldn't even write about it until today.
The house looked pretty interesting, not to mention adorable, except for one little tiny thing. It is very close to a major highway.
And just as my buyers were thinking out loud about whether the busy road was something that bothered them, we spotted it - lying just on the house side of a thick hedge that did it's best to block the view and noise from the highway.
It wasn't just a dead deer. It was a dead fawn that appeared to have limped to this very spot, maybe after being hit by a car on the highway. Nature's deep freeze had the little guy from decomposing or smelling bad, but I gotta say, seeing the poor thing lying there put a huge damper on the showing.
It was pretty disturbing to be hit with mortality issues when your client is trying to envision a place you are showing as possible dream house.
And it was a huge reminder of how important it is for us to monitor our listings, especially if they are vacant, to avoid this very scenario.