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5 Sure Fire Ways to Sabotage the Showing of Your Home

You think you'd prefer to stay?  You have no sense of urgency?  You are hoping to still be on the market when every last buyer has purchased?  Good... keep reading!

Sometimes when showing a home I can't help but think some sellers have to be intentionally trying to sabotage their sale!  Some of the things they do seem so obvious that I can't imagine them possibly being so ignorant as to think their behavior won't be an impediment toward a potential buyer developing interest in their home!

Here's a collection of some of my favorites.  Enjoy!


Top 5, Sure Fire, Ways to Sabotage the Showing of Your Home


man frying fish




Number 5 - Break out a nice, big hunk of catfish.  Fry it up about a minute before we are scheduled to arrive.  Mmmmmm, mmmmm good! Serve it up with a nice Chianti.





dog poop




Number 4 - Walk the dog.... in the livingroom!  Nothing says home more than a big steaming pile of puppy poop!  And for you cat lovers... Litterboxes are overrated!



angry lady





Number 3 - Don't get up!  Stay right where you are.  Don't you dare let the potential buyers of your home interrupt your phone call!  We all want to know what your no good, dirty, low down turd-of-a-husband was up to last night!




Realtor Buyer Bedroom







Number 2 - Let the buyer's really get a realistic idea of how functional the bedrooms are.  Please don't wake anyone up!!!  We'll tip toe around them!







And finally...


The Number 1, sure fire way to sabotage the sale of your home....



Show just how "green" you can be!  Save the planet...  Don't Flush! 

Better yet... don't even get up... let the buyer see how truly functional that bathroom is!


Lady Toilet


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JoAnna Siminerio, Weichert Realtors

JoAnna Siminerio
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Comment balloon 9 commentsGail Szeluga & JoAnna Siminerio • November 19 2010 10:31PM


JoAnna EXCELLENT had me laughing so hard because the true stories are always best. I have personally experienced at least 3 of these. I'm glad someone put it out there. I 100% agree with you. Keep up the great blog posts!

P.S. You just gained a new blog follower :-) I don't mind if you follow me also!

Posted by David Beckham, Your Louisiana Real Estate Connection (Realty Executives Bayou Properties) over 8 years ago

Very funny... it's unbelievable to me that sellers actually do this.  But, several years ago, an organizing client asked me to help him 'stage' his home.  After working diligently for three full days to rid his home of clutter, rearrange furniture to accentuate square footage, I went to the first open house and was appalled!  In two hours of me not being there, he managed to totally clutter up the place.  Needless to say, the house took more than two months to sell - at lower than his list price.

Posted by Peggy Hughes/pha logistix, inc., SF NYC LA (pha logistix inc) over 8 years ago

David - I'm looking forward to our new found blogtastic relationship!  I am now following you as well ;-)  By the way... I am 5 for 5 on these!!!  Lived 'em all with very little exaggeration here!

Here's a post from when I found the sellers in bed...

Peggy - Tell me about it!  As if you couldn't tell by my post... I generally don't mince words too much.  As such, it can be interesting when I have "the talk" with some sellers on how to prepare their home for showing.  I will sometimes use these examples to throw in a little humor.  That's why it baffles me when I show up with potential buyers and their home is a wreck!

Posted by Gail Szeluga & JoAnna Siminerio, Fostering Community Spirit Through Real Estate (Weichert Realtors - Manalapan - Marlboro) over 8 years ago

JoAnna-BRAVO to you! Having 'the talk' in a straightforward manner saves everyone time (and heartache) down the line. Sadly, I see way too many agents that are 1) fearful and will acquiesce to the seller because OHGEEWHIZ, they finally have someone who will give them a listing; or 2) don't care, take the listing and leave it to the selling agent to make the magic happen.

Posted by Marie Graham, Westchester County Interior Decorator, Home Stager (Owner, The Refreshed Home White Plains NY) over 8 years ago

May I add one more?  No one will be home to let you in.  Request to show denied.

Posted by Kenneth Cole, NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson (Weichert Realtors Appleseed Group, 2043 Richmond Ave. S.I.N.Y. 10314. office phone 718-698-9797, -) over 8 years ago

BRAVO to YOU Marie!  Agree with you completely!  Too many listing agents lack conviction... conviction on price, conviction on the process and probably most importantly, conviction on their ethics to always remember that servicing the seller is most important.

Ken - Been there done that!!Snow Shoes

How about this one?

Shovelling snow is for Sissies!  Much more fulfulling when your buyer has to fight the frozen tundra to get to the front door!

Posted by Gail Szeluga & JoAnna Siminerio, Fostering Community Spirit Through Real Estate (Weichert Realtors - Manalapan - Marlboro) over 8 years ago

Hello JoAnna and I love your post and the cartoons, your post has been "Highlighted/ Featured at one of my favorite group...


Vegas Bob

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

Isn't it funny, what seems like common sense is not common to other people? Never assume anything! I think if I had sellers like that, I'd resign and tell them I couldn't serve their needs.

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) about 8 years ago

Very funny, I've seen 4 and 2!

Posted by Rafi Footerman, Home Inspector, Mold Inspector, Radon and More! (Mid Jersey Inspections) about 8 years ago