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Monday, October 30, 2017

4 Quick and Easy Ways to Prep Your House for Showings

When you’re getting your home ready to show, it might seem obvious that you should keep it clean, but there are many ways you can help maximize value and help sell your home more quickly. While most potential buyers don’t expect perfection when they’re walking into a home that’s being lived in, they want to imagine themselves living there. With these few tricks, you can get your home off the market faster and get a better offer for your property.

Set the Stage

It’s time to deep clean and stage your home for buyers. Remove excess clutter, family portraits, and do a thorough cleaning of all public areas, especially bathrooms and kitchens. If you can, hire a staging company to make the home look great to potential buyers, either using your existing furniture or rented pieces.

Once your home is looking up to snuff, you and your Realtor can pronounce it ready for the market and open it up to your first showing or open house. But even a home that’s spic and span will get dirty and messy over time, so here’s how to keep it clean:

Make a Designated Junk Zone

Whether or not you have kids, there are things you’re going to need that don’t fit into a perfectly staged home. Keep storage bins with the stuff you need in a coat closet, the garage, or another hidden place where most buyers won’t look. These bins will be perfect for last-minute cleanups when your Realtor lets you know you have a showing in a few hours, and you need to get out soon. You’ll quickly vacuum, pack up your stuff, and head off!

Manage Your Trash

Don’t lose an offer due to some smelly trash. Make sure all the trash is out of your home before a buyer comes through the door. If it helps, consolidate your trash cans, so it makes it easier to keep track of them. Then remove the big bag before a scheduled showing. This cleanliness makes a great impression on potential buyers.

Do a Quick Clean Up Before a Showing

Hopefully, you know about your showing the day before and have time to prepare, including cleaning counter tops in the kitchen and bathroom, sweeping, and dusting. If you don’t have much time, prepare a quick routine, getting rid of any dirty dishes, clearing cluttered countertops, and wiping down surfaces. Consider lighting a candle or starting some essential oils in a diffuser before the showing starts.

With these tips, you’ll be ready to go when a showing happens. Keep your home looking good between showings and be ready whenever your Realtor needs, and your home will sell more quickly!

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