3 ways to keep your home Showing ready
Most people are not able to keep their home “Showing Ready” 24/7 because, well, they live there. However, when your home is on the market For Sale, you need to understand that the home might have to be shown at a moment’s notice. Luckily, if you take our simple advice & take all the major steps to declutter, clean, and repair your home for the open market, there are a few simple & easy plans you can use to keep buyers in the home longer, create more interest, & keep it looking in its best showing condition.
1) The first thing you will want to do is create a “problem spot” list — the areas in your home that are the most used, the hardest to keep clean, & are usually more noticeable than others. Some examples might be dishes in the sink, used towels in the baths, messy beds, pet foods & toys, kids’ toys, or mail on the table.
Each morning immediately after breakfast, or anytime you receive notice of a showing, get your list out & spend a few minutes on those problem spots. When you get that last minute, “I have to see this house now & there is no other time I can see it” showing request, be ready to gather that mess/clutter into a garbage bag, laundry basket, or storage container & take it with you in your car when you leave.
Always remember to take care of the following:
Clean master bedroom
Take out the trash
Close toilet lids (don’t forget to flush)
Open drapes/blinds to let in light
Turn on all lights (if showing will happen soon)
Turn off TVs (unless you are showcasing a “man cave” or kids play room. Then leave it on an appropriate program for that room)
Open interior doors to encourage buyers to explore
Make sure any screen doors are unlocked so the agent can access the lockbox (if located on inside main door)
Take pets with you (or kennel them) & get rid of any evidence of pets
Put away all personal info including bills, letters, or statements. Do not leave out any valuables including jewelry, money, and etc….
Set the thermostat to a comfortable temperature (especially if you’ve programmed it to save on heating or cooling when the home is unoccupied)
2) Build a quick-cleaning kit. Move from room to room faster with a portable kit of cleaning essentials, like:
A duster or dust cloth
Wood & stainless-steel polishing wipes
Dustpan & broom
Lint brush (for pet hair on upholstery or drapes)
3) Give your housemates, spouse &/or children helpful daily tasks & provide them with everything they’ll need to get their jobs done. For example, set aside a basket for each child to fill with their toys & other clutter, a box for unsorted mail, plenty of hampers for linens, & etc.