Over the weekend I got nosy.
I morphed from my free-spirited pleasantly indifferent self into an observant Miss Marple, watching our neighbors try to make their home look SNAZZY for an open house.
They put their house on the market a few months ago, but are only now beginning to realize that their house lacks what today’s buyers expect. Other houses on the street have sold in days or weeks, while their house sits unwanted.
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I like our neighbors.
However they’ve done NO EXTERIOR IMPROVEMENTS in the 5, maybe 6, years they’ve lived here.
In and of itself I could care less what my neighbors do as long as they’re tidy + quiet + say “hi” once in a while, but on a street where almost everyone has…
- replaced the original builder-grade drafty front doors with something bright & shiny and …
- upgraded the 15-year-old original builder-grade landscaping with something modern & to scale and …
- substituted the original cedar-colored deck with something less state park-ish…
… well, on a street like this one our neighbor’s house is UNDERWHELMING because it lacks curb appeal.
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I’m not alone in thinking this.
As it so happened on Sunday between the hours of 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. I found myself outside crawling around in our front yard planting beds DOING IMPORTANT GARDENING THINGS while the open house went on next door.
I inadvertently overheard the open house visitor comments as they left.
“Nice place, but kind of blah on the outside,” said one woman talking to her realtor as they left.
“Oh, let’s not even bother to go in,” said a wife to her husband after they walked up to the front door, looked around, and then decided against going inside.
“Too much work out here,” said a woman to her friend after they’d looked at the inside of the house and were heading back to their car to leave.
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Apparently our neighbors do not understand that you can’t live on a street with building lots still available and then rest on your laurels.
Your property has to attempt to keep up with the new houses being built, because potential buyers see those new properties, and suddenly your house looks WORNOUT AND TIRED.
Which means that it doesn’t sell anywhere near your asking price and that doesn’t help anyone on the street.
Now does it?