Tuesday, March 20, 2012

If It's Just the Carpet That You Find Dated, Why Don't You Make An Offer?

If It's Just the Carpet That You Find Dated, Why Don't You Make An Offer?

Lately I've seen buyers looking at homes for a second peek.   "The second showing."     That generally means they like enough about the home and want to investigate further.   But why aren't these second showings turning into offers?

There appears to be many a home that remains on the market even after a "second showing" because it needs "work".  

The term work means something different to all of us.     I always thought of work to mean heavy cosmetics or a structural or mechanical kind of thing, but I am finding today that folks use the term work when a home needs a paint color change, a flooring change or maybe a fixture change.   Essentially anything that appears dated usually equals the term work.

So that being said, and you love all other factors or most other factors of the home, why don't you make an offer taking the "work" into consideration?    In most cases, an agent and a Seller have already taken that into consideration when pricing a home, but maybe not.    Why?    

We all have different decorating styles and tastes.  What I find wonderful many may find way out!   A color that I find old and ugly many may find soothing and comforting!    That floral odor that many may find lovely, might make me want to hold my nose.

The thing that you find needs a change may not have appeared that way to the Seller or the listing agent.    Who knows, if presented correctly, they may agree with your argument!

My point. 

If you find that carpet dated, or the lights ugly, why don't you make an offer taking that into consideration?  I'm NOT advocating you be unrealistic.  On the contrary.   If you are reasonable, you may just win the home, and be able to make the change that will suit your needs! 

So, If It's Just the Carpet That You Find Dated, Why Don't You Make An Offer?

Carol-Ann Palmieri
Al and Cal Realty Group


Carol-Ann Palmieri, is full time Real Estate professional working as a full time Realtor in Massachusetts for the past 24 years.  Along with her partner Al Mussi, she has helped hundreds of families find, sell or purchase new places to live.

A former US Marine, she grew up in Walpole, MA and is committed to the serving the community through various volunteer opportunities.   She attended MA Bay Community and Suffolk University and is continually updating her Real Estate education. 

Al and Cal are licensed in MA and RI.   Their primary areas of service Franklin, Bellingham, Medway, Millis, Medfield, Norfolk, Wrentham, Plainville, Blackstone, Walpole, Milford, Holliston, Hopkinton, Mansfield, and Foxboro, North Attleboro, Hopedale, Mendon, Millville but have worked hard at developing personal relationships with agents across the country in order to help anyone, anywhere with just the right fit....

Her mission....  To exceed your expectations!

1 comment:

  1. I am a big fan of HGTV and it always seems that the buyers on that show want "Move in Ready". Thinking back to our home - it wasn't move in ready. At the time every project seemed daunting, but in retrospect we were able to add our own personal touches and make the house really 'ours'.

    People who think they are not 'handy' may just surprise themselves when they delve into a home project. They might just enjoy sprucing up their new place.

    A Pet Peeve: Watching the prospective buyers on HGTV trash someone else's taste in wall color or decorative style bothers me (and I'm sure the homeowner.) There are always ways to comment on something we don't like without hurting others' feelings - don't you think?