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ice storm that did not happen

The Ice Storm that Did Not Happen

I don’t know about you but I’m glad I didn’t cancel any of my weekend appointments because of the ice storm that did not happen. Many people freaked out about a lot of things but it was another normal weekend for me – filled with appointments.

The weather forecast was foremost on my mind when they made the announcement last week. Should I cancel now or wait? My son suggested I wait. It makes me crazy when my kids are right. He said to call everyone Saturday morning if I wasn’t going to make it. Saturday morning came and I reached out to everyone letting them know we were on as scheduled.

One thing for sure is the Kansas City weather is famous for things like the ice storm that did not happen. There are a lot of weather predictions for us that don’t ever come to fruition. We’re very lucky in this part of the Midwest that much of the bad weather misses us completely. I should know this by now. I’ve lived here my entire life.

Showing homes during an ice storm that did not happen

When it came to showing a number of houses on Sunday, I realized there were some home sellers that weren’t ready for an ice storm that did not happen. They were hunkered down Sunday, many of them probably getting ready for The Chiefs play-off game. Whether they were going to Arrowhead or having people over, they wanted nothing to do with showing their home.

A few of the homes I was able to show were downright frightful. They were obviously not expecting any showings and the houses showed it. Three of them were a mess. There were dirty dishes throughout the house, the bathrooms were atrocious, toilets not flushed, trash overflowing and laundry all over.

Unfortunately, when you’re selling your home, all of these things are distractions. I know you might not think so, but all we saw were the messes, not the homes. That’s the beauty of great home staging. It takes your eye away from the distractions and draws you in to the home no matter what’s going on.

I would have rather not been able to see those three houses because they didn’t show well. Buyers don’t know how to overcome a house that doesn’t show well especially after leaving a house that showed beautifully. Sellers have to realize that buyers are comparing and eliminating homes as we go.

Today’s home buyers are looking for that sizzle. “Compared to the last one, on a scale of 1-10, where would you rate this one?” On a different day, there could have been a different feeling about a house. But when a house is a mess, buyers can’t see past that and their emotions are based on what they see – not the way it could be.

It’s hard having your house on the market and keeping it in perfect showing condition at all times. That’s another reason I like to sell them fast – in the first day or two on the market. It’s just what I do because I know people can’t live like that.

All in all, it was a good reminder for me to be cautious about showing houses when home sellers aren’t expecting it. Even though they gave us permission to see the homes, beware of the ice storm that did not happen. My buyers were disappointed in the homes that were on their list of favorites to see. They didn’t have the goldilocks effect.

Tomorrow is a new day and a new beginning. We might have to revisit one or two of those from today. Hopefully the sellers will realize we’re giving them a second chance to make a first impression.

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