House hunters want to see ALL your dirty laundry
Percolated coffee, home-made muffins, fresh flowers and some classical music. They’re just some of the tricks real estate agents employ to lure potential buyers when selling a home.
They’re designed to prey on the senses of taste, touch and smell and convince the buyer from the moment they walk through the door that this place could just as easily be their own home sweet home.
Good idea in theory. But as it turns out most people don’t spend enough time to take all those olfactory treats in when they’re out house hunting.
According to News.com.au property section today, the average buyer makes a beeline for the kitchen to check out the stove, before heading to the laundry to check out how much dirty laundry there is. Only then will they run a finger across the surface areas to check for dust.
I’ve a long held habit of checking out the photographs at open houses. For some reason knowing what the people who already live in a place helps me imagine what it would be like to live there. I also like to make sure the shower works and the wardrobes are big.
More practical types admit to checking orientation, available bench space, drainage, stairs, mould or damp smells, pool fencing, privacy and whether the toilet is next to the bath.
But how about you, Punchers. What areas are your first ports of call when you’re looking for a new place to live?
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