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I have my house up for sell, but it has one major flaw....it's
close to a busy road. Now upstairs on one side overlooks the road
a bit and this is clearly visible from two of the three bedrooms.
Do I show any potential buyers the upstairs first or the downstairs
(which is nice and spacious) ?

In other words, show them the best features first and the worst features
last or vice-versa?
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Geezer From The Freezer wrote:
I have my house up for sell, but it has one major flaw....it's
close to a busy road. Now upstairs on one side overlooks the road
a bit and this is clearly visible from two of the three bedrooms.
Do I show any potential buyers the upstairs first or the downstairs
(which is nice and spacious) ?

In other words, show them the best features first and the worst features
last or vice-versa?


I'd be suprised if you can force buyers through a tightly controlled
walkthrough script. Most any house can benefit from a little "staging"
prior to sale. Do this and price it right. Many homes that do not sell
or take forever to sell are priced improperly for their market. I mean,
you bought the house right?

Victor
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"Geezer From The Freezer" wrote in message
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I have my house up for sell, but it has one major flaw....it's
close to a busy road. Now upstairs on one side overlooks the road
a bit and this is clearly visible from two of the three bedrooms.
Do I show any potential buyers the upstairs first or the downstairs
(which is nice and spacious) ?

In other words, show them the best features first and the worst features
last or vice-versa?


I wouldn't think it matters. They are going to see the whole house
regardless.

JennP.


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On Wed, 17 Nov 2004 13:23:55 +0000, Geezer From The Freezer
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In other words, show them the best features first and the worst features
last or vice-versa?


I think it would be very difficult to show the top floor without them
first seeing the main floor. Unless you have an upstairs access
stairway or plan on their using a ladder

Seriously, just let them look as the wish. As others have mentioned,
they will see everything at some point.

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Just do a room-by-room walk-through and then let them roam around on
their own afterwards. Just make sure it is clean and smells good in
there. Have some music playing and if you have a fireplace, make sure
it is lit. Point out all new improvements you have made while giving
the tour. Don't talk about any negatives, let them discover them on
their own. For all the negatives they may bring up, always find a
positive spin on it if possible or downplay it in some way.

One important point to note is that this is typically the worst time
of year to try and sell a home. The "dead" time is from the end of
October through March. It's not a problem to list it but when all the
home shoppers start looking in the Spring and they notice it's been
listed 150+ days, they will psyche themselves out that there must be
something wrong with the house since nobody has jumped on it yet.



Geezer From The Freezer wrote in message ...
I have my house up for sell, but it has one major flaw....it's
close to a busy road. Now upstairs on one side overlooks the road
a bit and this is clearly visible from two of the three bedrooms.
Do I show any potential buyers the upstairs first or the downstairs
(which is nice and spacious) ?

In other words, show them the best features first and the worst features
last or vice-versa?



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Geezer From The Freezer wrote:
I have my house up for sell, but it has one major flaw....it's
close to a busy road. Now upstairs on one side overlooks the road
a bit and this is clearly visible from two of the three bedrooms.

Why not put up some sheers on the bedroom windows?

jen

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Geezer From The Freezer wrote:
I have my house up for sell, but it has one major flaw....it's
close to a busy road. Now upstairs on one side overlooks the road
a bit and this is clearly visible from two of the three bedrooms.

Why not put up some sheers on the bedroom windows?


I don't think that sheer curtains on the bedroom windows will prevent a
potential buyer from noticing that the house is very close to a busy road.

That said, the OP should note that some buyers won't care if the house is
near a busy road (he bought it even though he knew the road was there,
right?).



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Mike wrote:

Just do a room-by-room walk-through and then let them roam around on
their own afterwards. Just make sure it is clean and smells good in
there. Have some music playing and if you have a fireplace, make sure
it is lit. Point out all new improvements you have made while giving
the tour. Don't talk about any negatives, let them discover them on
their own. For all the negatives they may bring up, always find a
positive spin on it if possible or downplay it in some way.

One important point to note is that this is typically the worst time
of year to try and sell a home. The "dead" time is from the end of
October through March. It's not a problem to list it but when all the
home shoppers start looking in the Spring and they notice it's been
listed 150+ days, they will psyche themselves out that there must be
something wrong with the house since nobody has jumped on it yet.


I've priced it right for the area and the negatives. I've also told
the estate agent we will consider offers below the asking price.
Just want to sell it as I have split with my partner.
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I have my house up for sell, but it has one major flaw....it's
close to a busy road. Now upstairs on one side overlooks the road
a bit and this is clearly visible from two of the three bedrooms.
Do I show any potential buyers the upstairs first or the downstairs
(which is nice and spacious) ?


Of course you show the downstairs first; that's where they come into the house.
As a retired realtor, I can assure you that buyers will expect to pay less for
your house than another one just like it farther from the busy road. And yours
will take longer to sell.
Pat
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Geezer From The Freezer wrote:

I have my house up for sell, but it has one major flaw....it's
close to a busy road. Now upstairs on one side overlooks the road
a bit and this is clearly visible from two of the three bedrooms.
Do I show any potential buyers the upstairs first or the downstairs
(which is nice and spacious) ?

In other words, show them the best features first and the worst features
last or vice-versa?


Maybe advertise in a periodical that caters to the deaf or blind.
Creative financing may make a dif. Or offer it as a lease/option
to buy. there's always a big demand for that.

good luck, after all you bought it, there must be another buyer.
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the time and the government when it deserves it.
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I wouldn't completely agree with playing music when someone is looking
at a house. This is just based on personal experience, but one house
we looked at in Colorado had Bob Denver playing. I couldn't wait to
get out of there.

Again based on personal experience: If there is road noise try to
schedule showings away from rush hour. Also, as an alternative to
music try leaving the fan running on the HVAC system to make a little
white noise to mask outside sound.

- James B

Just do a room-by-room walk-through and then let them roam around on
their own afterwards. Just make sure it is clean and smells good in
there. Have some music playing and if you have a fireplace, make sure
it is lit. Point out all new improvements you have made while giving
the tour. Don't talk about any negatives, let them discover them on
their own. For all the negatives they may bring up, always find a
positive spin on it if possible or downplay it in some way.

One important point to note is that this is typically the worst time
of year to try and sell a home. The "dead" time is from the end of
October through March. It's not a problem to list it but when all the
home shoppers start looking in the Spring and they notice it's been
listed 150+ days, they will psyche themselves out that there must be
something wrong with the house since nobody has jumped on it yet.



Geezer From The Freezer wrote in message ...
I have my house up for sell, but it has one major flaw....it's
close to a busy road. Now upstairs on one side overlooks the road
a bit and this is clearly visible from two of the three bedrooms.
Do I show any potential buyers the upstairs first or the downstairs
(which is nice and spacious) ?

In other words, show them the best features first and the worst features
last or vice-versa?

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The former poster is right - about timing.

I put my last house on the market in early 1990. Hadn't paid any attention to
the real estate market before then...for the next two or three years, almost
nothing moved. I had people coming by saying .."I heard that this house has
been on the market ovr a year". It had been. So had most of the other houses
that were for sale.

If you can afford to wait until early Spring then by all means do it.

Just keep house very clean. If you have any clutter, rent a public storage
space and put everything possible in there so when people look around they
think "spacious". Clean out closets - make it appear there's lots of storage
space.
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"Dorot29701" wrote in message
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The former poster is right - about timing.


no kidding. my last house went on the market sept 8th, 2001. it didn't sell
until mid-march of 2002.

I put my last house on the market in early 1990. Hadn't paid any
attention to
the real estate market before then...for the next two or three years,
almost
nothing moved. I had people coming by saying .."I heard that this house
has
been on the market ovr a year". It had been. So had most of the other
houses
that were for sale.

If you can afford to wait until early Spring then by all means do it.

Just keep house very clean. If you have any clutter, rent a public
storage
space and put everything possible in there so when people look around they
think "spacious". Clean out closets - make it appear there's lots of
storage
space.



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james b wrote:

I wouldn't completely agree with playing music when someone is looking
at a house. This is just based on personal experience, but one house
we looked at in Colorado had Bob Denver playing. I couldn't wait to
get out of there.

Again based on personal experience: If there is road noise try to
schedule showings away from rush hour. Also, as an alternative to
music try leaving the fan running on the HVAC system to make a little
white noise to mask outside sound.


Yeah I do do that too.
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