I attended a house inspection for a client on the weekend and was almost knocked for a sixer upon entering, due to the general smell and filth of the place- there's no better word to describe it. I really can't understand how people can live like this. Though the place was generally tidy there was grime everywhere. The house reeked of it- especially the kitchen. The oven appeared never to have been wiped down, the benches and cupboards had a layer of grease over them, the sink was full of God knows how many days worth of dishes and pots, kitty litter trays in the pantry and laundry and approx 6 kittens wailing outside.... the shower recess was probably once white but is now an ickky shade of brown... the carpets looked as though they'd never had a vacuum... the curtains were stiff with ingrained dirt... the backyard pavers had so much grass growing between them you could hardly notice there was a courtyard... it was quite appalling. OK these were tenants who obviously didn't give a toss about cleaning up (its not their house after all) but still, it strikes me as amazing that people would allow others to traipse through their abode when it's in such a disgusting state. When I spoke to the agent afterwards, he said the owner hadn't attended an inspection in years, just wanted to offload the place and was hoping for a quick sale. I would have got rid of the tenants, spruced the place up and welcomed another $5-10K easily in this particular part of town for this house for some simple cleaning. I don't care what anyone says- even in a sellers market presentation still counts!!