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 Your Basement Smells of Urine... Revisited
By: Darin "Sid" Cameron, CRS
Thu, Sep 23rd, 2010 9:42 am

I just finished uploading my blogs from February 2005 to this new site.  In the process I found what was undoubtedly my most commented on blog post- "Hey, Your Basement Smells Like Urine!"

If you're thinking about selling your home, this three part blog post is something you should read because it's even more relevant today than it was in 2005.  It was written as a direct result of Kimberly and a client leaving a home moments after entering it because of the strong pet smells coming out of the basement.

But this article goes well beyond discussing foul odors and pets.  It discusses a variety of things that can cause a buyer to "cut and run" from a listing before fully seeing it, and part three is a check list of things to consider before the first buyer even walks into your home.

Why this is even more important in 2010 is that in today's real estate market buyers generally have lots of options to look at.  As a result, they can afford to be picky.

I've had people argue that logic dictates buyers should be willing to overlook items that don't pertain to the actual home (i.e. the dirty laundry on the bedroom floor).

But reality is, buying a home is an emotional decision.  Anything that makes a buyer feel uncomfortable- dirt, clutter, smells, even a home that's "over personalized" with tastes far different than the buyer's- can be a reason to ignore the features of a home and move on to the next.

And when it comes to strong odors from pets, smokers or cooking, they do tend to linger in a home long after the pet, smoker or cook have moved out- so there is a legitimate reason to be concerned.

As a seller, it's very easy to ignore issues you've been living with for a long time.  All too often seller's simply wish to make their home's issues, "the next guy's problem," but if the issues run away all of the "next guys" then the issues will firmly remain yours- along with the home's mortgage and other carrying costs.

Read, "Hey, Your Basement Smells Like Urine!" by Clicking Here

Read, "Your Basement Smells (Part II)" by Clicking Here

Read, "Your Basement Smells (Part 3); Things to Consider when Selling a Home" by Clicking Here

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Darin "Sid" Cameron spent 15 years working in the technology industry which in 1998 relocated him to St. Louis. In 2004 he took over web development tasks for Kimberly's real estate team and later became the full-time Marketing and Operations Director in 2005. In 2011 Sid launched two brokerages, The Realty Store, Inc. and Realty Referral Partners, Inc, while continuing to perform marketing and operations for Kimberly's team. Sid holds a real estate broker's license in Missouri, CRS certification and was the first CyberStar in the St. Louis area.
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