Get a Giraffe’s View

When it comes to keeping your house clean for showings, there is something I discovered: A lot of what people see depends on their height. I found out about this when I had a close friend house sit while I was away and the house was up for sale.

You see, my house sitter was 6’3″ and I’m nearly a foot shorter than her. She had a giraffe’s view over my domain, enabling her to look down on the stove hood, tall bookshelves and above some of the window frames.

So when she nicely told me that I needed to do some cleaning, I was shocked. I thought I had the place covered. But when I got up on a footstool and saw the world from her height, I saw a whole world of dust and dirt I didn’t know existed.

It was an enlightening moment to realize that the taller people who had toured the house had a bird’s eye view over my high-elevation dirt.

I’d imagine this works the other way around too… shorter people might see dust in places I didn’t consider.

So the moral of this tall tale is to look high and low when cleaning. You never know the size of a potential buyer and it might make the difference between selling your place, or having to wait for a shorter (or taller) person to buy your house.

Would you like more fun home selling tips? You can download the Home Seller’s Blues ebook instantly! Now also available on Amazon’s Kindle and at the Apple Ibook store.

Did you enjoy this post? Why not leave a comment below and continue the conversation, or subscribe to my feed and get articles like this delivered automatically to your feed reader.


[...] my kitchen. But every tall house hunter would have a commanding view over that dirt. (See “Get a Giraffe’s View” post for more on this.)  I’ve also been on the other side of the coin, pointing out [...]

Leave a comment