Hideous and Ugly. These are very deprecating adjective to describe a home. Some bank-owned homes, these words could be very befitting and the owners don’t care. They sell them without emotional attachment.
But for some sellers of these homes- the hideous and the ugly- they do care but their perception of their own home could be subjective and distorted. For the others, either they have consciously neglected their property because of lack of funds or they just simply don’t want to bother making the repairs or changes.
The challenge is more pronounced with the sellers whose vision of beauty could be measured by a ratio of 1 to 100,000. For every 100,000 audience, only one will find that seller’s home alluring–and that would be the seller alone.
Why is it tedious to list and sell a hideous home? Some of the possible scenarios are:
– The purple paint all over the house is not appealing unless the buyer is a hard core fan of eggplant.
– The bohemian accents like scarves, necklaces, wardrobe, bracelets and paintings hanging by the door and walls are not showstopper. The buyers would not applaud for such eccentric style.
-Pets are okay. But littering the house with cages for parrots, guinea pigs and rabbits. The buyers could feel your love for animals but they are not buying a mini zoo.
-Kitchen cabinets adorned by glitters and gold are very customized for a very limited number of buyers. This could be limited to one. And that could be you– the seller.
-Growing vines on the gutters and downspouts does not make the house reminiscent of wisdom and history.
-Red carpeting is not the “in thing.” We are not in the show business.
-Retro bath tiles are acceptable but not the black stains lingering on the grout.
-The house is not a storage. Make it feel and look like a home.
If a Realtor can point these out to the seller and if the seller is willing to make the changes, this hideous house will not be hideous after all.
However, if the seller remains passive about this, then prepare for the tedious task. But you have the choice. Take it or leave it.
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