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Selling a Home is MORE Than Just Marketing

I walked through the door of a townhouse and what lay behind that door did not surprise me one bit. I walked through the door of a condo and what lay behind that door did not surprise me a bit. One condo and one townhouse that were both rentals for years and both sellers want to put it on the market asap and get it sold.

There are tenants ... few and far between....that will treat a rental like their own. VERY FEW.

And these two units were no exception to this rule.

Our work was cut out for us and what lay ahead was nothing we haven't overcome before. It IS possible to get a unit in spic and span and upgraded condition within a few days to a week but depending on what needs to be done. 

One thing is for certain...your property will be on the market for a LONG time if you don't do a darn thing to it.






It took so little to make these units shine and glow.

They're both in contract.




Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman  is a Realtor-Associate® and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocations, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents, Home Buyers and Sellers.


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Comment balloon 15 commentsCeleste "SALLY" Cheeseman • December 01 2009 03:09PM


Congrats on the sales, A little work to a home can and will go a long way.

Posted by Bob Jakowinicz, Michigan Real Estate Agent-- MI RE Adventures (National Realty Centers Livonia--Bob Jakowinicz) over 8 years ago

Bob:  Believve me...I've walked into some doozies and wondered why it wasn't even cleaned!

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Century 21 Liberty Homes) over 8 years ago

Like selling a car: you don't see any dirty cars on the lot. 

Posted by Joe Bourland, Joe Bourland, REALTOR, CRS, ABR, CDPE, QSC (RE/MAX Professionals) over 8 years ago

Celeste, good work on getting this property ready.  It looks like it took a beating and you went in with first aid of the property kind.

Posted by Barbara Michaluk, Top Producing / Full Service REALTOR in Marylan (Weichert Realtors | Silver Spring, MD Phone Direct 240-506-2434) over 8 years ago

Yes, it does pay off. A rental screams 'RENTAL' if not cleaned up and repaired before being put on the market.

Sarah in Nashville

Posted by Sarah, John Rummage, Love Being Realtors® in the Nashville TN Area! (Benchmark Realty LLC, Nashville TN 615.516.5233) over 8 years ago

Its the little things that make a big difference !! Have a great day

Posted by Carl Stars (Sutton Group About Town Realty ) over 8 years ago

Sally, I knew someone who lived in a Section 8 house...it could have been just lovely and she was there for YEARS.  She made a mess of it and lived in the mess and I couldn't understand why.  Because they don't own it doesn't mean they would want to live that way.  I was honestly shocked (and I could add she had two grown sons who could have helped her with anything a little difficult).  I'm glad you turned this place around.

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 8 years ago

Sally..It just takes a little clean and shine to show and sell ...

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) over 8 years ago

Sally a guy must have owned this place because the toilet seat is up in the first picture :) :) :)

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 8 years ago

It really doesn't take a miracle to make things look better and clean does it. But the improvements are dramatic.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) over 8 years ago

HI Sally - Great illustration of what can be done at little expense and not that much work to make a property more attractive to buyers, and thus more apt to sell quickly.

Posted by Susan Neal, Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker (RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks) over 8 years ago

I'm just going to add: It's experience and skillset. That's why sellers pay me.

Posted by Loreena and Michael Yeo, Real Estate Agents (3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Frisco TX Real Estate Co.) over 8 years ago

Aloha Sally,

Your visuals are right on!

Posted by Lynda Eisenmann, Broker-Owner,CRS,CDPE,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co (Preferred Home Brokers) over 8 years ago

Congratulations to you and your sellers, on getting these properties under contract! And what a difference in those before and after photos! You know; a long time ago when I was a tenant, I always kept my home in mint condition. It's not about "who" actually owns the place. If you live there, it's home for that time. And then there's the matter of being respectful of someone else's property. I can't imagine treating my home; or someone else's property that way!

Posted by Lisa Hill, Daytona Beach Real Estate (Florida Property Experts) over 8 years ago

Woo Hoo, A very good example of what we as professionals can do to help get these properties ready for sale and sold. What is sad is that  it takes us to come in with wha it takes to get a property sold and the owners think the way it was is OK. It's not. Most of the really serious time I spend is getting listings staged correctly for sale. I charge nothing for all the extra service but at least I get paid quicker because it works every time to sell that property. Great post and nice job!

Posted by William Johnson, San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE (RE/MAX Associates) over 8 years ago

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