The Villages Florida Area Real Estate: Not All Bunnies Are Cute!

Not All Bunnies Are Cute!

Not All Bunnies Are Cute!

Now I hope this handsome fellow to the right does not take offense, but not all Rabbit from PhotoBucket User Robobobobobunnies are cute.  Most bunnies of the four legged type are quite adorable, while a few are on the scary side, but the bunnies that I want to discuss are of the dusty variety--dust bunnies.

One would think that it is common sense to "put your best foot forward" when you are trying to sell your house, and I am very understanding of the busy lifestyles that we all lead which don't necessarily allow for daily scrub-downs of our homes.  However, this past weekend I showed 12 homes to two different clients, and most stood out as having "pride of ownership."  I set up the appointments two and three days in advance, so everyone knew we were coming.

Two or three of these homes were not looking their best.  Dust bunnies running about were really the least of their worries.  My buyers--whom I have trained to look past the family photos, accept that the furniture doesn't stay (it will be your furniture occupying the rooms), and understand that not everyone uses a dining room for eating--could not look past the dirt and grime.  Those houses were completely ruled out in minutes.

So I implore you, if you want to sell your house in this market, please try to help it put its best foot forward and look its best by getting out the vacuum and tidying up the bathrooms and kitchens.  Buyers know that they are not buying your mess, but they don't really want to see it either.


Chris K. Canfield


Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

2890 E. Skyline Drive, #250

Tucson, Arizona  85718



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Comment balloon 34 commentsChris Canfield • January 24 2011 09:09PM


I'll take a nasty dirty long as the clients are willing to knock 30% off the price....(They never are, so we get a crew in there)


Gary De Pury, SFR

Posted by Gary De Pury, ESQ. (Bay Vista Realty) over 8 years ago

You're right of course, it doesen't help sell your house, and if you do get buyers the chances are they discount for dirt. So you will get less money for the home.

Posted by Maria Couto, Realtor with "Results That "MOVE" You' (RE/MAX Premier) over 8 years ago

sometimes, you'll never know if the sellers are serious with selling their homes. there are just some sellers who are stubborn. its a shame that your buyers encountered sellers like these...

still, I wish you all the best in helping your clients find the best home for them!

Posted by James Harner, James Harner Group - Philadelphia PA Real Estate (Considering Selling Your Home? Call 610-310-7646 first) over 8 years ago

I’m always amazed about the way some people live. I can understand old furniture, cheap furniture, no furniture, but I don’t understand filth and grime.  

Posted by Suesan Jenifer Therriault, "Inspecting every purchase as if it were my own". (JTHIS-Professional Home Inspection Team) over 8 years ago

Hi Gary - With buyers more than willing to ask for big discounts for "problems," sellers really should not go looking to give them reasons!

Posted by Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 8 years ago

Amen! Lets just hope they keep their dust rhino's to themselves too!

Posted by Mark Tucker (The Law Office of Mark Tucker) over 8 years ago

Hi Chris~  Some sellers just don't get it!  They need to show their house in the best light possible!  Buyers do NOT want to see their dirt and grime and if they do, they probably won't buy unless it's a steal!

Posted by Vickie McCartney, Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY (Maverick Realty) over 8 years ago

Chris, I got quite a chuckle out of your post, but this is so true!    When you have a home active on the market, it should be cleaner than the normal everyday clean!   GREAT POST!

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) over 8 years ago

I agree... it is one thing when your home isn't on the market, but if it is and you KNOW someone is coming over to see it!!! I just don't understand some people!

Posted by Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC, Selling the Upstate since 1989 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner) over 8 years ago

Chris, nice post and reminder for our clients!

Posted by Tony & Darcy Cannon, The C Team (Aubrey and Associates Realty) over 8 years ago

It's amazing how much money people lose by skipping the rather inexpensive practice of cleaning up. 

Posted by J. Philip Faranda, Broker-Owner (J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY) over 8 years ago

When I make my listing presentations;after I have gone over what the seller can expect of me in my marketing efforts; the last thing that I cover is what I expect of them as sellers - the 3-C's of real estate. The 3-C's of real estate for sellers are Condition, Clutter and Cleanliness. Condition has to do with things that might need repair or attention and covers categorieslike painting, minor repairs and attention to landscaping. The "C" for clutter is very self-explanatory but most often the biggest need to get the place ready. Finally, there is Cleanliness, which is were dust bunny control comes into play. You would think that you wouldn't have to mention this to sellers, but I often have to make the offer to get a cleaning crew in to help them get caught up with delayed cleaning (or at least that's the least offensive way that a I could think of to tell them that they are basically slobs with a dirty house).

Usually sellers will understand the three C's pitch and start doing something about any issues right away. Later, if I need to, I can revisit the three C's and perhaps compliment them on making headway on one or two and cajole them about the undone items.

Posted by Norm Werner, Helping the first time and every time (Real Estate One) over 8 years ago

Chuck you are so right . People have to learn to clean to the point they are cleaning when they wake and before they head out the door. They will feel good about it when they come home too

Posted by Stanley Stepak, Realtor - Avon Lake, Avon, Bay Village, Westlake, (Howard Hanna - Avon Lake, OH) over 8 years ago

Chris, you are absolutely right. Buyers just don't want to purchase a home that doesn't present itself well.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA over 8 years ago

It's crazy how some lazy some sellers are and it costs them THOUSANDS!  I had a client who put dirty dishes in the cabinets instead of cleaning them.

Posted by Justin Dibbs, REALTOR® - Ashburn Virginia Homes for Sale (Pearson Smith Realty) over 8 years ago

Chris, I couldn't agree more .. it's amazing how even when you point out what areas need further cleaning - some sellers just don't see the dirt. I've often heard comments like "well, it looks better than it did" - not good enough.

Posted by Julianne O'Reilly, Syracuse New York Real Estate (Syracuse Listings) over 8 years ago

I think I have a few dust bunnies that have been around so long, I've named them!  But they would be gone in an instant if my house was on the market.  Now, the bunnies in my back yard are another story.  How I wish I could get rid of the wild rabbits that eat my plants!

Posted by Richard Strahm, Lansdale and North Penn Real Estate (American Foursquare Realty) over 8 years ago

Point well taken Chris.  The buyers don't want to see the sellers' mess.

Posted by Dan Quinn, Dan Quinn (The Eric Steart Group of Long & Foster Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Chris - As much as you train buyers to look past the colors, pictures, and furnishings, it's hard to look past the dirt.  If the sellers are not maintaining cleanliness in the house, what else are they NOT maintaining? 

Posted by Barbara Altieri, REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale (RealtyQuest/Kinard Realty Group, Fairfield and New Haven County CT Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Indeed a clean house will sell faster and for more money than the same house that's dirty...

Posted by Jason Rankin, 865.475.3236 (Rankin Real Estate Services) over 8 years ago

It's like anything else. Always put your best foot forward. Barbara was dead-on. If this is how they treat the stuff that can be seen, how has the HVAC, plumbing, etc. been maintained? Great post.

Posted by Chris and Berna Sloan, Tooele UT (Group 1 Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Great post Chris, a little effort can go along way and can potentially equate to a few thousand dollars !!


Cory Barbee, Team Leader

Keller Williams North County San Diego

San Diego Career in Real Estate

Posted by Cory Barbee, Broker (760) 563-4022 over 8 years ago

Chris I absolutely agree, when selling your home it shouldbe in tip top shape at all times. You never know when that buyer could walk through the door. And you don't want them to be attached by one of those dust

Posted by Gina Tufano, Ask Gina & Company, Northern Virginia Real Estate (Ask Gina & Company with Pearson Smith Realty) over 8 years ago

Hi All, Thanks so much for your great comments!!  I went off to meetings all morning to come back and find my inbox full of comments--I guess I was featured! 

Barbara was so right about the lack of cleanliness giving the buyers the impression that other things have also been neglected!  Some of the best staging tip are free--just time consuming!

Norm - None of these dirty homes were my own listings.  I explain to my sellers the importance of cleanliness, and they get it.  : ) 

Posted by Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 8 years ago

Chris, I had something similar like this happen when I was with a buyer but the dust stuck to our shoes!  Great house but the dust disqualified them as they feared the home wasn't maintained and didn't want surprises. 

Posted by Barb Van Stensel over 8 years ago


When folks ask me if I have any pets, I say Dust Bunnies, so your post is near and dear to my heart.  But my home isn't on the market...

Posted by Irene Kennedy Realtor® in Northwestern NJ (Weichert) over 8 years ago

Hi Barb - Dust stuck to your shoes?  Not just tumbling by?  Not good.

Hi Erica - Sometimes it is embarrassing to take people who you know are immaculate into some homes!

Hi Irene - There is a big difference between living in your house and selling your house.  I wish more people understood this!

Posted by Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 8 years ago

Hello Chris and a great post and a cute bunny!

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz, Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale (Realty ONE Group) over 8 years ago

Chris - Some sellers just don't get it.  I did an open house for another agent once and the house was very messy and dirty.  Then the seller had the nerve to say he gave his home away when I sold it.

Posted by Rosalinda Morgan, "The Rose Lady" over 8 years ago

Hi Bob--Thanks!

Hi Rosalinda - Think how much he could have saved by hiring a cleaning person to come in once a week!

Posted by Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 8 years ago

Hi Chris,

All bunnies are cute when they are not in your house.  Dust bunnies and the 4-legged ones both make terrible pets!


Posted by The Scott Loper Team Bux-Mont Premier Properties (Keller Williams Real Estate - Montgomeryville) over 8 years ago

Shhhhhh.  One of my kids' friends has a bunny for a pet; I don't want her to read this.  : )  Neither is good for people with allergies!

Posted by Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 8 years ago

Couldn't have said it better myself Chris.  Doesn't it make you wonder if these people REALLY want to sell? If they did, why not try harder to put out the best product possible.  It just doesn't make sense

Posted by Karen Bernetti over 8 years ago

Hi Karen - Properties that are very dirty often make me wonder if perhaps one of the party does not want to sell . . . Some of the properties I have shown have had MUCH worse than just dust bunnies.

Posted by Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 8 years ago

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