by Lisa Udy on February 16, 2011 in Real Estate
Selling a home is extremely stressful and, on top of putting your life on hold to accommodate potential buyers rummaging through your home, many times you have to be prepared with little notice to show your home. So, how do you get ready for a quick showing with little notice? You can try these tips:
Keep Kitchen Clean
Kitchens should be at the top of your list. Your kitchen is one of your best selling features and should be kept in tip top shape. Be sure to declutter your counter-tops, wash the dishes, empty the garbage, clean up after pets and kids, and if you don’t have time to do the dishes, throw them in the dishwasher!
Clean The Bathrooms
After the kitchen, bathrooms are the second best selling feature of homes. Be sure to clean up the bathroom as thoroughly as possible. A dirty bathroom is not only embarrassing, but it could cause a potential buyer to run from your home causing you to lose out on a potential sale.
Do a quick wipe down of the toilets and sinks, and don’t forget to put the seat down when you’re finished. Close the shower curtains, light a scented candle or spray some air freshener (be sure to keep it light!), and put all your beauty accessories in the drawers. Things like make-up, shavers, and hair dryers should be out of view.
Bedrooms And Living Spaces
Hopefully you’ve tried to keep your rooms clean so this should be rather easy. Every morning when you wake up, be sure to make your beds and put dirty clothes in the hamper. Before a showing it’s a good idea to check to see if your closet doors are closed, and freshen up the rooms with some air freshener or a candle. If you can run a quick vacuum do so. If you have dirty clothes you can also hide them in the dryer or washer as a temporary solution.
The Last 15 Minutes
The last 15 minutes before you’re showing be sure to turn on all the lights, open the blinds, and do a quick walk through. Kids like to tell you things are clean when in fact they aren’t. It’s a good idea to check your kids bedrooms one last time to make sure they cleaned up. Make sure any paperwork you leave for showings is highly visible and leave the house. If you have pets take them with you, ask someone to take them, or put them outside.
If possible, never say no to a showing. It’s important for you to be flexible as some buyers aren’t very accommodating to your needs. So, unless your home is extremely unique or you have no competition, you should be ready to show your home at all times in this tough market. It’s important to show your home if you want to sell, you never know if the next showing could bring an offer.
One last tip from Kathy – Check your front door to make sure it is clean, fingerprint free and that the entry area is free of debris and critters. Water any plants and give the a quick misting for a fresh look.