3 Showing KILLERS to Watch Out For

When ready to list your home for sale, it’s important to know the 3 key factors that make all the different between the homes that sell fast for the most money possible, and those that sit on the market week, after week, after week.  These KEY factors are:

  1. Pricing
  2. Marketing
  3. Presentation
Pricing your home competitively and aggressive marketing will get people in the door.  Presentation is the 3rd crucial element to getting those buyers to make an offer.  Strategic staging is critical, and below are the three biggest mistakes sellers make that turn buyers away from their home:

1. The Odor of the Offerlessness
Showing successfully is about eliminating the obstacles that prevent buyers from seeing a homes value. One huge showing killer can be a home’s odor. Whether it’s the stench of cigarette smoke, pet odor, or a mysterious “musk,” make sure you remember these handy hacks for eliminating the stinky showing killers you can’t see:

  • Bowl of Vinegar Overnight — Sit a bowl of vinegar in a smelly room overnight and it will help soak up the unwelcomed odor. Also, if you pour white vinegar over a towel, ring it out, and then wave it around in the room it can help soak up smells in a flash.
  • Happy Hour Spray — Add 2-parts water and 1-part cheap vodka into a spray bottle and spray almost any area in the room. The mixture grabs the smell and evaporates. Bonus tip: This is also called “poor man’s drycleaning” and used to freshen a suit when you don’t have time to hit the cleaners.
  • Have Coffee and an Orange — Coffee grounds and orange peels are great odor neutralizers. Add one of them to a bowl in the room, inside the trash can, or down the garbage disposal to help eliminate odors.

Yes, you could bake cookies too, but faintly oatmeal raisin covered stench might not go over as well as one would hope.

2. A Scummy Situation
Another thin layer that can stand between your you and a sale is soap scum. Two of the most important rooms to show are the kitchen and bathroom. Unfortunately, these two have the biggest chance of (1) being used right before a showing and (2) carrying the showing killer called soap scum.

  • The Glove and the Dryer Sheet… If you want to get rid of the soap scum in quickly, grab a plastic glove and a dryer sheet. Cover your hand with the glove and wipe away the scum in a fast with a dryer sheet. This is one of the fastest ways to clean tubs, showers, sinks, and countertops in a flash.

3. The “Necessary” Clutter
Clutter’s a killer. This we know. It can be overwhelming at first when you face the daunting task of clearing away your personal items that make your home feel like home. Just remember it will be worth it in the end when you get an awesome offer! Your goal should be to have your home neutrally decorated but also just empty enough so buyers can walk through and visualize how they can turn it into their home. If you’re at a loss, talk to your real estate agent and ask about the staging options that they offer with their services.

FOR SALE: 6583 W. Dufferin Ct., Boise

Beautiful custom home in an ideal NW Boise neighborhood close to Plantation Golf Course. Stunning upgrades throughout, including an open kitchen with granite and high end cabinetry. Gleaming hardwood and tile flooring; enjoy the fireplace in the great room; spacious master on main level w/ dual vanities, soaker tub & walk-in closet. 3 beds total with an office and upstairs bonus room! Quiet, low maintenance back yard. Dues include weekly yard care.

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6583 Dufferin - NW Boise Home For Sale

FOR SALE: 66 S. Chase St., Nampa

Perfect first time buyer or investment home! Well cared for & move in ready, in a quiet, charming neighborhood. Can’t beat the price! Lots of light with laminate hardwood floors, open kitchen with lots of counter space & window out to the large back yard. Enjoy 2 patios & summer bbq’s. Split floor plan – you’ll like the walk in closet in the comfortable master. New water heater and garage door spring, shed in the back for storage! Great curb appeal; won’t last long!

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66 Chase, Nampa - Home for Sale


SOLD! 5240 W. Crossridge Ct, Meridian

Pristine Home in Ideal Meridian Neighborhood!

This beautiful, move in ready home sits on a quiet cold-e-sac & around the corner from Seasons Park. Enjoy all new carpet & paint, an open floor plan with lots of natural light & amenities. Three bedrooms plus a spacious den (could be 4th bed) AND a bonus room! Roomy master with walk-in closet, dual vanities & soaker tub. Insulated, heated garage with work bench & extra electrical. Tons of storage, and don’t forget the RV pad and Hot Tub! Beautiful yard with fruit trees you’ll Love in the Summer. Don’t miss this GEM!!

Home Details…

Square feet:   2050
Beds:   4 + bonus room
Baths:   2
Lot:   .18
Year Built:   2003
Directions:  From Ustick & Black Cat, S on Black Cat, W on Moonlake, S on Willowside, W on Crossridge.

Asking price: $209,000

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SOLD: 1607 N. 29th St, Boise – Charming North End Home!

Rare Opportunity in the North End!

A true find! And you can’t beat this price in the North End! Hardwood floors and a spacious, open floor plan. Stainless steel appliances in the beautiful kitchen that looks out to your cute & low maintenance back yard. Enjoy the 3-sided gas fireplace in the great room. Wonderful neighborhood and LOCATION! Perfect for the small family home or investment property. Roomy master with a walk in closet. Enjoy two bedrooms, two full baths + a den AND don’t forget the 2 car detached garage… You can have the FULL package in the North End! Move in Ready!

Home Details…

Square feet:   1440
Beds:   2
Baths:   2
Lot:   .07
Year Built:   2004
Directions:  From State & 28th, N on 28th, W on Bella, S on 29th to home on right.

Asking price: $219,000

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SOLD! Luxury Condo, Downtown Eagle!

Stunning Luxury Condo in Downtown Eagle!

Don’t miss this fabulous luxury condo downtown Eagle with the best high-end finishes and beautiful views! Stunning granite counters in the kitchen, hardwood floors, spectacular island and stainless steel appliances. Travertine tile in the light filled bathrooms. Open floor plan with lots of windows, fireplace, tons of storage. A spacious master that includes a walk-in closet with built ins. Premier location balcony overtop a year round creek. Quiet, peaceful, maintenance free living! Meticulously cared for. Enjoy walking paths (& a seasonal blue heron). 

Home Details…

Square feet:   1351
Beds:   1
Baths:   1.5
Lot:   condo
Year Built:   2005
Directions:  From Eagle Rd, E on Old State St, N on Hill Rd, E on Winding Creek, 1st left to end, forces you to turn right, go to end and turn left. Condo on left.

Asking price: $149,900

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SOLD: 18390 Viceroy Pl, Nampa

Move in Ready Home – Great Location!!

Clean and move in ready home on a quiet cul de sac in Blackhawk Subdivision – great neighborhood! Enjoy the shady front porch. Hardwood laminate floors, new interior paint & neutral colors- perfect for the first time home buyer or investor. Two living areas; nice tile backsplash and deep sinks in the kitchen; functional floor plan with a large master suite. Fully fenced and a large backyard. Great location, close to schools, with easy access to downtown and I84.  Not a short sale or REO, awesome buy… check it out today!

Home Details…

Square feet:   1371
Beds:   3
Baths:   2.5
Lot:   .123 acres
Year Built:   2006
Directions: From Middleton & Ustick, N on Middleton, E on Spruce, S on Buckeye, E on Avalon, N on Viceroy Pl to property on Right.

Asking price: $114,900

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PENDING: 1681 Park Ln, Eagle – Acreage Property

Hard to find Acreage Property in Eagle!

Enjoy the finest upgrades & spectacular views. Spacious, open floor plan with walnut hardwood flooring throughout. Lots of windows & skylights light up the house. You’ll love the granite counters in the kitchen with the picturesque garden window. Cozy up next to the travertine framed fireplace in the living room, or enjoy the views in the generous sized great room. The large master offers access to patio, dual vanities and a stunning marble walk in shower. Beautifully landscaped yard with mature trees and pond.  Completely renovated in 2005 with a new roof, appliances and HVAC.  Don’t miss the sun room or multi-purpose 4-car garage/shop/barn, this home has it all!

Home Details…

Square feet:   2236
Beds:   4
Baths:   2.5
Lot:   1.25 acres
Year Built:   1972 (completely renovated in 2005)
Directions: From Hwy 44, North on Park Ln, pass Floating Feather, property on West (left).

Asking price: $350,000

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SOLD! 1815 Idaho, Boise – NORTH END

Gorgeous NORTH END Home!

Gorgeous North End home! All the character of the North End, updated & move in ready! Charming kitchen w/ granite counters & stainless steel appliances. Stunning hardwood flooring throughout & an open, inviting plan for everyone! Great location, large landscaped yard. Huge bonus room w/ separate entrance, living area & full kitchen- great mother in laws quarters or to rent out & offset your mortgage. Tiled floor & counters in bathrooms. Lots of windows & lighting. New water heater in 2010 & new roof in 07.

Home Details…

Square feet:   2121
Beds:   4
Baths:   2
Lot:   .14
Year Built:   1941
Directions: From State & 19th, South on 19th, East on Idaho to home on right.

Asking price: $213,800

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SOLD! 147 E Idaho St – Eagle ATTN: INVESTORS!

PENDING! Before I could even update the post :)

147 Idaho Street, Eagle Idaho

147 E. Idaho Street in Eagle, Idaho.

Asking price: $99,900

Awesome investment opportunity in the heart of downtown Eagle. Down-sizing or new home owners? This property is ideal! Walk to coffee/restaurants/shopping. Prime location on an up & coming street; next to the new Fusions Glass Studio & more new construction soon to come. Great investment opportunity. Live in the current house as your property increases in value or build a cute cottage or 2-story condo complex & enjoy the large yard w/mature trees. Alley access; perfect for a garage w/ apartment on top.