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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornholio View Post
    It makes me crazy on the house hunter shows when the buyers focus on the paint color. Who the heck cares about the paint color? Paint is the easiest and cheapest thing in the world to change. The always moan about the color of say a kids hot pink bedroom. It's a one day $25 project to change a bedroom's paint color! Worst case scenario, 2 days and $50 if it needs to be primed.

    They should be looking at location, lot (ie, don't buy if it backs up to the railroad tracks), square footage, floorplan etc. The person above got it right - worry about the things that can't be changed or fixed down the road first. Don't pass on a great location and a great house because you don't like the paint color!
    I think some are told to comment on the paint color. Just a hunch.

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    What kills me is some bitch about the appliances. You are spending a $100,000 plus on a home and you worry over a $1000 dollar frig or $600 stove. Gees get a life of ask for a bit more in your mortgage to cover those costs. Seriously, if you can't afford an appliance or two how can you afford the house?
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    Those who worry about appliances, I worry about whether they can afford the house.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shoepie View Post
    I think some are told to comment on the paint color. Just a hunch.
    While that might be true that's one thing my FIL complains about. He's in the flipping business and so has been to tons of auctions over the years. He's always shaking his head over peolpe not liking the wall colors. One lady in particular I've heard him mention over the last 15 years because there was nothing at all wrong with the house but she didn't want to buy a house with blue walls. Some people either can't see a vision of it in a different color or don't want to take the time. It's so strange to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bearcata View Post
    What kills me is some bitch about the appliances. You are spending a $100,000 plus on a home and you worry over a $1000 dollar frig or $600 stove. Gees get a life of ask for a bit more in your mortgage to cover those costs. Seriously, if you can't afford an appliance or two how can you afford the house?
    No kidding! My condo -- a beautiful three-bedroom, two-level unit that sits on a hillside with a glorious valley view -- sat empty for months, and I honestly think it's because buyers couldn't see past its cosmetic flaws. It was a foreclosure, so it didn't have any appliances (an entire suite cost me $3,000). It had 1960s linoleum in the kitchen (replaced it for less than $600). And it stank of cigarette smoke. (Lots of cleaning and repainting with a Kilz base fixed that.) Bottom line, those expenses were nothing compared to the deal I got because the bank couldn't unload the property. I ended up paying half of what they originally listed it for.


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    What really gets me about the wall color complainers is those who complain about the color and then there are those who go into a house that the owners prepped and neutralized by either painting the walls white or beige or taupe and they complain that there is not enough color. Geeez make up your minds.

    That being said the number one thing I have read about selling your property is to clean, clean, clean. Declutter, declutter, declutter. Do all the small cosmetic fixes. Even in a sellers market that helps move your property. Oh, and maintain your property. I am amazed how many folks don't even have their furnaces and AC units maintained.

    A paint story.

    When I was looking for my first house I was checking out older properties and I saw this one house it looked interesting it had a huge deck and swimming pool. The trouble was it had stood empty for a while and the pool was covered in algae, the deck was all dried out and looked nasty and it was very obvious that since the house had stood empty so long that to help move it they had had painters come in a give it a fresh coat of paint. But it was pretty obvious that they painters sprayed everything, it was sloppy and that just turned me off. That if the owners didn't care about their property then why should I.



    The other pet peeve is when smokers try to sell their home but don't prep the house for the non smoking buyers. I saw this townhouse that was in good condition, beautiful hardwood floors, neutral paint it looked brand new in fact but for the fact it reeked of cigarette smoke.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bearcata View Post
    The other pet peeve is when smokers try to sell their home but don't prep the house for the non smoking buyers. I saw this townhouse that was in good condition, beautiful hardwood floors, neutral paint it looked brand new in fact but for the fact it reeked of cigarette smoke.
    As I mentioned above, my place reeked too -- even after the bank repainted and replaced the carpet. I think that's one of the hardest things to fix because the odor infiltrates everything. After I moved in I applied the Kilz primer to the worst rooms and repainted every room in the house. Then I started wiping down all hard surfaces with TSP. The seal around my shower door was stained brown; the inside of the rings around the light cans in the ceiling were stained dark brown; the track lighting in my kitchen totally stained. The water in the cleaning bucket looked like rust after each session. I had to replace the air conditioner in the bedroom because it was completely stained and the vents were impossible to clean.

    It's been three years, yet in the winter when the house is shut tight I come home and still get a faint whiff. Totally worth the deal I got, but still ...
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    I think the only thing you could do would be to totally replace the drywall. Also on one of the Room Crasher shows they show this Dutch Boy paint that is good about covering up odors. I have some and plan to use it this summer in some areas the cats like too much and see how it works.

    PS: it sounds as if you had some really heavy smokers in that condo. Would cleaning the air ducts/venting system help any?

    PSS: silly question but you painted the ceilings too?
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    I hadn't thought about cleaning the air ducts, but that's a good idea. Yep, painted the ceilings. The whole place got painted twice -- first by the bank, then by me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by candor View Post
    I hadn't thought about cleaning the air ducts, but that's a good idea. Yep, painted the ceilings. The whole place got painted twice -- first by the bank, then by me.
    I think you might check to see if there are specialist who clean out the vent and if they can literally clean the sides of the vents to get that nicotine smell off. Wonder in you can put in anything in your furnace (fan) to help with that???
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