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Old 02-21-2013, 12:31 PM   #31
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I wouldn't want to be here for showing. This is how most of the rooms look. You can see colors. There are also floor plans, I know that is one thing I would love to know about a house I am buying before even looking. Some of the new houses just flow weird.

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No smokers in the house and not allowed by visitors. Most windows have been replaced and all appliances and furnace and other stuff are less than 10 years old.
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Old 02-21-2013, 12:32 PM   #32
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Odors, clutter, REALLY dirty would be a turn off for me. I know I can overlook something that looks slighty lived in, but not really dirty, or smelly. I am going to scrub everything down before I move in no matter how clean it looks to me anyway.

To me, furniture doesn't matter as much because I'm not going to be using that furniture anyway. Things like one bathroom, or no basement, shouldn't be a concern because those items are on the listing, and if you want a house with more than one bathroom, or with a basement, then you should look at houses you know have those things.

I would probably try my hardest to finish the paint though... I know it's off season and you're working on it but I don't know that I'd want to take that on, or know I had to wait until spring and then take it on. But you can only do what you can do.
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Old 02-21-2013, 12:39 PM   #33
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We just bought our first home last spring & were house hunting for 2 years prior-open houses & scheduled showings.

Like others said, dirt & clutter were big turn offs to us. We felt if you could not even tidy up to show your house, what does that say about how well you cared for your house over time?

Odors were big turn-offs and deal breakers for us. Pet odor, strong food odor, & cigarette smoke. One house we found was the house of our dreams-it had everything we wanted & was in our price range, but we just could not get past the cigarette smell in every room & we are a bit contradictory because we are both occasional smokers (used to be daily smokers and now we might share one 2-3x per year), but we never smoked in the house or car & cannot stand that stale smell.
Cigarette smoke in home/car is almost impossible to remove. Some friends bought a house, had to remove all carpets, drapes, blinds, washed all washable surfaces and still the odor persisted. Used those *whole house* machines that were supposed to take odors out (nope). They ended up having to refinish the hardwoods, and completely paint all interior surfaces, including the cabinets. Finally after many $$$'s, work and time you can no longer smell any odors.

They will *never* do that again! We tried to tell them, but *professionals* tried to tell them a different story, and they believed them.
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Old 02-21-2013, 12:42 PM   #34
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Here is our checklist...

1) How old is the roof, heating/air conditioning?

2) Flooring? Is it is good shape? I am going to assume you have hardwood. If you do not have hardwood in a 240yo house then that would be a turn off. Also I need to SEE the floor. Pick up toys and large area rugs.

3) Smells. I better be able to smell the "house" and not pets, mold, funky baking cookies, candles, air freshners, etc.... If I smell mold, that is a deal breaker.

4) House should be reasonable with regards to cleaning. The cleaner the better.

5) Rent a storage shed and get rid of clutter if you are "stuffed" to the gills.
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We love older houses and we skipped on one because the owners painted just before selling and painted the windows SHUT! We couldn't figure out if the windows were functional or broken.
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We love older houses and we skipped on one because the owners painted just before selling and painted the windows SHUT! We couldn't figure out if the windows were functional or broken.
This is how all of our windows were when we bought this house. So annoying!
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This is how all of our windows were when we bought this house. So annoying!
It shows a real laziness to do things right. It made us wonder what else in the house that was "repaired" in a slip shod way.
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Old 02-21-2013, 01:42 PM   #38
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Odors are #1. The house should be clean and smell clean. And I don't mean it should smell like you sprayed pine sol around 5 minutes before I got there.

I'd like to be able to see the flooring if possible.
I'd be looking at the electrical system, the heating system.
If the rooms are kind of neutral that would make it seem easier to move in, but that's not a deal breaker.

Is that house really 240 years old or 24 years old? I was thinking the 240 is a typo.

As far as your pictures...the pics of the inside...nothing seems to be a huge turnoff.

The outside needs work. I know you are working on it and I know now is not the time of year that is conducive to working outside in NH, but it's in rough shape and for some folks, that would be a turn-off.

We bought our house built in 1940. Cape Cod style. Owned by an elderly coupl eboth of whom died. fairly clean and well-maintained but a bit dated. Good bones. The outside was in rough shape, ugly carpet with beuatiful hardwood underneath. Olive green wall to wall throughout the main level. Tan sculptured carpet on the 2nd level. panelling in the kitchen, wallpaper in the bathroom that was ugly. Needed a roof. Termite damage to he front entry & front door sill.

The price we paid reflected the amount of time/money/effort we felt would be needed to make the house what we wanted to move in.We paid $20K less than asking and once we were done with the intial "fix up to move in" we had spent close to $20K so I believe we paid a fair price.

We have since renovated the entire thing pretty much over the 20 years we have lived there.
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Furniture that is too big for a room or arranged in a weird way. Like a formal dining table shoved against a wall.
Really???? You wouldn't buy a house because the sellers had their table against a wall??

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One of the homeowners (made it to our finalist list) baked us cookies & left a note to enjoy. The house smelled great & it was a nice gesture.
I LOVE this idea!!!

My biggest dealbreaker would be odor or mold/mildew anywhere. I also look very closely at kitchen/baths. I NEED these to be clean with a capital C!!!

Decluttering definitely helps with selling a home. Probably the biggest #1 thing you can do to improve its appeal.

Anything else can be fixed/spruced up - paint, flooring, appliances, etc. Furniture placement, toys, or family pictures are not going to deter me from buying a home I love, lol.

I've sold 3 homes in my life. I haven't had one listed for more than a few weeks (keeping my fingers crossed for the next one, lol).

1) Declutter every room including cabinets and closets. And I mean some SERIOUS decluttering. Get rid of furniture if you have to! NOTHING should be on your surfaces/countertops that is not necessary to be there. Think LESS IS BEST!

2) Lighten up the place - make sure all curtains are wide open, lights are all on for the showing, etc.

3) Pay CLOSE attention to the cleanliness of your kitchen and bathrooms. These are KEY to potential homebuyers. Nobody wants to see someone else's hair in the shower or mildew in the grout. Ewwww.

4) Simplify and rejuvanate your home - fluff up the pillows, arrange some fresh flowers, put on some soft music... whatever it takes to make your house shine and stand out from the rest.
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Is that house really 240 years old or 24 years old? I was thinking the 240 is a typo.

As far as your pictures...the pics of the inside...nothing seems to be a huge turnoff.

The outside needs work. I know you are working on it and I know now is not the time of year that is conducive to working outside in NH, but it's in rough shape and for some folks, that would be a turn-off.
I meant 240. The house was built in the 1770's and was one of the first house's in the town, before it was a town. It was also the post office until 1967. It is a timber frame house.

Yes, no easy or even possible to paint until the outside warms up. Wood siding is original to house. Things were updated in the 50's but only to add stuff that you would want. Plumbing and electrical are fine. We would update for looks if we were staying but not happening.
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I am totally in the minority here, I am under the opinion that anything can be fixed. We bought a total dump of a house and yes it has take a while but it is so worth it. I knew that even thought it was really bad it was going to be perfect for us so I overlooked the smells, clutter,the popcorn ceiling falling down, no door, too many dogs, bad carpets,no walls in some rooms, bad cabinets and the list could go on and on, I knew my house was perfect for me when I looked outside and saw my dd running thru the fields. We are totally about the location. I could literally see myself pulling up in the driveway every day.
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I would think taking all the pictures off the wall (ceiling, practically!) and painting would be a great help inside. The brown in the dining room is really dark. In bedroom #2, the walls need a coat of paint, as well as the ceilings, IMHO.

I know one can say people can paint it themselves whatever color they want but I think a fresh coat of paint would really help the initial reaction people will have to this home. I love older homes but I do not esp. want to look and only be able to see "work"--I want to see some charm. The layout looks nice--closets/ storage...
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Old 02-21-2013, 02:14 PM   #43
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Really???? You wouldn't buy a house because the sellers had their table against a wall??


Wouldn't necessarily turn me off from buying the house, but it would confuse me as to the sizing of the room and how my furniture could be placed.
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I wouldn't want to be here for showing. This is how most of the rooms look. You can see colors. There are also floor plans, I know that is one thing I would love to know about a house I am buying before even looking. Some of the new houses just flow weird.

http://s10.photobucket.com/albums/a1...bedsnewburyNH/

No smokers in the house and not allowed by visitors. Most windows have been replaced and all appliances and furnace and other stuff are less than 10 years old.
I would take down most of the pictures in the living room and put up a mirror or something there. I would also consider moving the big entertainment cabinet out - I think it makes the room look smaller.

I think the rest looks fine, except the outside paint, but you said there wasn't anything you could do about that right now.

It looks clean -that's a big plus! Especially in an older home.
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Can you post pictures of the bathrooms and kitchen? A house can be bought in a day or sit for a year based on the kitchen and baths.
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