Sometimes the TRUTH hurts9/1/2015
Can you handle the truth? Sometimes it hurts both the recipient and the one delivering the message. BUT, in the world of real estate--the TRUTH can save you a lot of money, time, and aggravation.
When an agent comes to your house and begins to point out an "issue", take it in the intent it is meant--to help. If we see an issue right out of the gate (repairs, CO, declutter, etc.), it is only because it can benefit your bottom line and save you aggravation at the time of a home inspection, appraisal, and basic overall negotiations.
Sure, those little "quirks" may not be something major to you. BUT, the new buyer (who has watched too much HGTV) is looking at things completely differently. They want updated, clean, and NO issues. Call it a generational thing, Internet, or just plain lazy. It is what it is.
Clogged gutters? Clean them. Banged up walls? Fix and paint them. Clear the counters. Organize EVERYTHING--do no stuff the boxes in the basement. Powerwash! Trust me. These will all affect your bottom line. What will cost you $100 will be "estimated" by the buyer for at least twice as much.
Take away all the arguments before they start. Happy Seller=Happy Buyer=Smoother Transaction
The TRUTH hurts, but it won't hurt your wallet.