One of the toughest things about being a realtor is when you make friends with somebody who buys a house from you, then they move out of town.
Phil and his wife were referred to me from their agent when they moved to Lexington. He had taken a job here and commuting from out of state was not an option.
I had a really good time looking at houses with them. They were a lot of fun. We laughed. It didn’t even feel like work to me. It was like hanging out with old friends.
Several times a year, Phil and I try to find the best Chinese buffet in town. We haven’t really found an amazing buffet, but we sure can tell you where not to go for lunch.
Well, Phil is just too good at what he does and now it is time to move on to bigger and better things that are not in Lexington. Time to sell their house.
I went over to check it out earlier this week. It was good to see what all they have done to the place. I had forgotten a lot of details about the house, but I quickly saw why they picked it. Back then, he had a choice of many houses in that price range. Today, there might be 20 houses on that side of town in this price range. I always like to make sure my people get a house that will be a buyer’s top choice even in a bad market. We won’t have any trouble selling it.
Anyway, as I was looking at their hall bathroom, I said that the tile floor was “Decade Neutral.” He got a good laugh, said that would make a good blog post, and here we are.
Decade Neutral I guess is my new term for those finishes that are hard to tell when they were done. His house had 12 by 12 beige tile with a light but not white grout. Who knows when it was installed. It could have been the 70s. Could have been the 80s. Could have been last week? It is decade……neutral!
When people ask me about updating their house, I usually suggest things like this. It is no fun to rip out trendy tile once there is a new trend. His tile is like a pair of jeans or khaki pants. It goes with everything and is timeless.
Some other things that are Decade Neutral are:
- Hardwood floors. Not the prefinished kind. The kind that gets stained and polyed on site. The Goldilocks kind because it is not too wide and not too narrow. It is just right. The kind you see in houses from every decade since houses have been built.
- Crown molding. I’ve never had anybody tell me that they would have to update crown molding.
- Recessed lighting. The beauty of recessed lighting is, well, that you DON’T SEE IT. (Ok, I guess they did make some a long time ago that had a mirrored gold ring around it…but you can buy covers for THAT kind now.)
- Chrome faucets. While they are more minivan than “Sexy Black Dress”, they get the job done and nobody is appalled to see them in a house.
- Tall ceilings. Sure, the 2 story foyer isn’t as popular any more, but nobody has ever said they wished the ceiling in the family room was shorter.
That is all I have for now. I’m gonna miss Phil, but I sure wish him all the success he in due in his new job. He’ll do great!
Oh, and the other real estate terms I created are “Move out ready” and “Reach-in closet.” Move out ready is when a vacant house looks like the seller left in a hurry. It has crumbs in the fridge, you can see the impression on the carpet where the couch was, and there are nail holes in every wall. A “Reach-in closet” is any closet that isn’t a walk-in.