Is it customary to clean a property in an estate sale before showing it?

Asked by Kenneth, Chicago, IL Tue Jun 10, 2008

I looked at an estate sale property that needs a lot of work and it was filty. The realestate person rushed me through it and had an unpleasant dispositon. Is it customary to clean a property before showing it?

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Bob Brandt, Agent, Schaumburg, IL
Wed Jun 11, 2008
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As a buyer, that is what you want to see. Homes that need cleaning and that no one else has the vision to see a dianond in the rough. You may get a better price for doing the extra work. Since no one in the family wants to deal with the work, they should be happy to sell it for less. Be careful about paying too much for something ,just because it is staged and professionally cleaned....
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Laura E. McG…, Agent, Bradenton, FL
Fri Jun 13, 2008
Good Day, Kenneth... it would be nice if they were; however, it depends on whether the heir(s) live in the same area as the property, have the financial means to do so, want to, or is a surviving spouse now in a care facility. Estate sales are often a good buy because they need work and the heir(s) want to settle the estate and distribute.

If you felt that you were being treated other than professionally... perhaps you should consider selecting another Realtor. I'm sure re-stating to the 'right' Realtor what you want, the price range, and when you are ready to make a decision to commit will make your next experience a successful one.
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Bob Brandt, Agent, Schaumburg, IL
Thu Jun 12, 2008
It may be time to engage your own Buyer's Agent, that will not rush you and has a pleasant personality. There are many of us. Why work with a Dual Agent anyway? Hopefully, all the properties you ever see in the future will all be perfect and spotless. Expect to pay more, if they are.
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Bill Eckler, Agent, Venice, FL
Wed Jun 11, 2008
Kenneth,

We quite agree that it makes no sense to ignore the physical condition of a property. As a responsible agent, great care should be taken to insure that customers are not exposed to unsanitary or dangerous conditions.

Unless the conditions were remediated, I would not take the risk of showing it to any additional customers.

The "Eckler Team"
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Brandon Schu…, Agent, Western Springs, IL
Wed Jun 11, 2008
Obviously he picked up on the fact that you were "just looking". I commend the Realtor for doing his job and weeding out the "looker" from the "buyer".
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Realtor, , Chicago, IL
Wed Jun 11, 2008
Quite often with estate sales you have greedy children that just want to get their hands on mom and dads money without doing anything. I would agree that sometimes these are a diamond in the rough.
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Greg Zaccagni, , Illinois
Wed Jun 11, 2008
Many executors managing estate sales contract with service companies to value, tage & display personal items the family doesn't want, which may include the house. They have likely encountered situations before like this and have coordinated cleaning services to do their magic before displaying items for sale throughout the house.
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Don Bell, Agent, Daytona Beach Shores, FL
Wed Jun 11, 2008
All properties show better once they have been cleaned. You will most likely sell the property for more money and in a shorter period of time if you get it cleaned and have it ready to show to the buyers.
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