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Why don't people clean their boats when selling?

I've been looking at some mid 2000, 33ft production models in the $85000 range, and I'm very surprised that the owners don't at least hose them down before a viewing. I can see past a bit of clutter, but dirt, cobwebs and bird poop is another thing. I have a feeling this is the difference between a broker listed boat and owner listed one.
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Re: Why don't people clean their boats when selling?

I have been bringing up the same point to my wife for a few weeks since I have been looking at boats in the mid 2000's as well but in the 40+ range. Most are filthy inside and some outside. This is such a contrast to when you go look at a house for sale that is staged, clean, all lights on, and nicely presented. Although i an look beyond all that and concentrate in the house I would be getting without all the decoration, it does add a nice comfortable touch to the eye. Even worse are the ones that have pictures that reflect all that too or worse so, pictures that are so crappy, blurred, in motion, in poor lighting, and terrible angles that do not show much. I just don't get it, and we are talking about $120-200K boats!!!
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Re: Why don't people clean their boats when selling?

I agree, even used cars are usually fully cleaned. It's a bit odd. Maybe the owner doesn't really want to sell. If the boat looks like it was neglected, how are we to assume otherwise? In each case the price does not reflect this. A 7 year old boat in fresh water with a few hundred hours, should not look like what I have seen.
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Re: Why don't people clean their boats when selling?

Because many folks sell their boats when they realize they do not use them as much any more. No time to use and certainly no time to clean. Owners I understand but when a broker shows a boat that is dirty and cluttered, I am amazed. They should know better and are clearly only in it to make the most money for the least effort. Obviously they don't understand that they would sell a boat for more money and quicker if they gave a little effort.

Amazing they ever sell as they will continue to get dirtier and degrade.

We sold our last boat very quickly. Basically in a weekend to the first looker and it was priced at $55k which was about 15k more that the boats on YW. We even cleaned it for delivery.
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Re: Why don't people clean their boats when selling?

4 reasons- They're out of time, they're too sick, they're stupid, or their broker is stupid.
One more actually, boats stay on the market for longer than cars (and get dirtier tan houses) and it's hard to feel like going down to the boat and washing it whenever another looky-loo calls.
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Re: Why don't people clean their boats when selling?

Having just purhased a boat an in the process of selling another I ask the same question. We looked at some boats that when you go below the odor of mold/mildew was overpowering....crap lying all around the boat...wow.

The Admiral kept our boat immaculate to it was easy to show.
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Re: Why don't people clean their boats when selling?

Because they are " boat dicks"
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Re: Why don't people clean their boats when selling?

Because the owner doesn't grasp that they need to appeal to buyers with much higher standards than their own. Because the owner doesn't grasp the 5 elements of presenting a house/car/boat/rv/trailer/aircraft/etc -
• Cleaning
• Getting rid of clutter
• Depersonalizing
• Decorating and accessorizing
• Maintaining
Because the broker has failed to be a true professional that needs to stand out to make their clients boat excel compared to the competition. Because the owner doesn't insist on a higher level of performance from themselves or their broker.

No matter what it is, IT MUST BE BETTER to compete and sell. Only the best sell, the rest languish on the market and help the competition.
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Re: Why don't people clean their boats when selling?

When I sold my boat, they said it was the best example of this boat they had seen. They were shocked at the poor condition of boats they had seen. My search has revealed the same - let's add smell!

What I do find almost comedic is the concept that a broker would do anything. I find them to be a complete waste of money in this market. Who doesn't have Internet access. List it online, reduce the price by the brokers commission and sell it much faster for greater profit. Everybody wins.
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Re: Why don't people clean their boats when selling?

What amazes me even more is when they don't even move the dirty dishes out of the frame when taking pictures for advertising. Considering the size of a brokers commission, I am at a loss to understand that utter lack of concern.

Clean boats sell quickly for good prices, dirty ones don't. When I'm selling my boats are always clean, fresh paint where needed, wood polished or oiled, crap offloaded etc. When I'm buying I want to see dirty dishes in the sink, cr@p piled everywhere, upholstery needing cleaning and a price dragged down by it all. $5K, $10K or $15K for a weekend worth of cleaning is pretty good wages.
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