Can a Moose Help You Sell Your House?
January 27, 2016 | Richard Sites
Several years ago, I stopped by an open house to take a peek, (just like you I visit open houses), and began talking with the owner. He was convinced he could sell the house himself so he bought into a “No Commission” program where someone was going to Help Him Sell.
However, that “help” cost him a fee of $ 5,700 upfront but he still had no offers.
Upon entering the house, which was very clean, I found the master’s recliner positioned in front of the TV, remote at the ready, but over the chair on the wall was a mounted moose head. Now, I don’t know if you have ever come face to face with a moose…but they are gigantic.
When they are in your living room they are even bigger. There was no way you could appreciate the house without being overwhelmed by the moose.
Now let’s talk about “stuffed” animals in a house you are trying to sell. You might be very proud of that “trophy” but I can assure you there are plenty of people who are offended or at the very least find it objectionable.
I once took a couple into a great home for sale in Admirals Cove which would have worked fine for them. When we entered, the entire house was full of stuffed animals including a lion, which greatly offended the buyers (and me). They stormed out.
One of the most prestigious clubs in the area has a stuffed polar bear in the lobby. With all the talk about the plight of the polar bears, and the trend toward saving the planet, I think this stuffed bear is in bad taste.
Having “trophies” on the walls gives off “bad vibes” and is terribly distracting. There is a house currently listed in Jupiter that is very nicely staged, but on the office wall is the head of a fox. That fox head needs to go into a box for safe keeping immediately.
I suspect most Realtors would agree that unless you are selling a hunting lodge, trophy mounts are better off packed away. But when they are still on the wall it tells me that the seller is making the decisions about the best way to get the house sold, not the agent.
Short ending to the moose story: House did not sell…$ 5,700 out the window (although he did not pay a “commission”) and later he listed it with a Realtor who sold it.
Moral: A Realtor can be more help when selling your house than a moose! Hire a Realtor!
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