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What Do You Think When When You See A Sink?

Karen Kruschka passed on some words of wisdom for both agents and sellers. Karen has over 34 years in the real estate industry so you know she has seen a lot.

In this post I love her explanation of what you could tell about a house by an observation of the sink.

Most people, myself included, form an opinion about a home as soon as we pull up in front. I have to be careful I don't convey mine to my client. After all, over the past 34 years and thousands of homes my initial impressions are very predictable. It would be unfair of me to influence their impression before they've had the opportunity to view the home and form an opinion based on further observation

As we walk through the home I observe many things as well as the sinks.
You can tell a lot about the home and homeowner depending on what you observe in, on or under the sinks.

Spotless laundry tub




The laundry tub in the photo at the right is spotless. I don't know about you, but I've seen a lot of laundry tubs in my 34 years. When I see one this clean I'm fairly confident this home would not have much trouble passing a home inspection with a minimum number of items needing correction.





Messy under the sink




The photo under the sink makes it very obvious housekeeping and organization are not one of the homeowner's top priorities. While it may be clutter and not dirt it still sends a signal that will alert a home inspector that all may not be well organized in the overall home maintenace program





Mouse trap under sink




There are very few things that set off alarms for me more than a mousetrap.
The solution to a rodent infestation is not over-the-counter products at your local hardware store.

More importantly, it signals there may be other more serious structural and maintenance lapses going on in the home.





Home inspections were non-existent when my husband and I were first licensed in 1976.

When home inspections came on the real estate scene in the early 90's we instantly advised our clients of the need to have a home inspection by a professional, licensed home inspector. My informal sink observations may point out some problems, but nothing can take the place of a thorough home inspection.

Just as we believe you should use a REALTOR® to purchase a home we just as firmly believe any inspections and repairs should be performed by qualified and licensed professionals.


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7 commentsJennifer Fivelsdal • October 20 2010 03:44PM
What Do You Think When When You See A Sink?
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Karen Kruschka passed on some words of wisdom for both agents and sellers. Karen has over 34 years in the real estate industry so you know she has seen a lot. In this post I love her explanation of what you could tell about a house by an… more