So here’s the scenario: Your listing agent phones to say she’s got a hot prospect in her office, and wants to know if she can bring them right now, and your home isn’t like before – everything looks like hell. Of course, you couldn’t refuse but this is hardly the first impression you want to give the prospective buyers, right?
Time is essential here, you may not have time to clean your home from roof to basement. Try some of these easy ways to fake a polished place in record time and whip your home into showing shape by the time the buyers arrive.
You should remove everything from the countertops except of course for the appliances and maybe a fruit bowl. Your bare countertops should appear bigger now and potential buyers may imagine baking cookies in your very organized kitchen with their kids. Have a basket handy and swipe everything into it like your bills, catalogs, kids’ art projects, and some pesky permission slips.
Let in the light
Dimly lit homes feel small, dirty, and depressing. For just 10 seconds, you can maximize light by opening drapes and shades wide. Not only that the sunshine comes in, but you can also show off your beautiful lawn, trees and/or flowers. If it’s already dark out, you can just turn on every single light in your home. A well-lit home is always a breeze, so if you don’t have natural light, pull out a couple of lamps from the closet and plug them in.
Stash stuff under the bed
Don’t make the same mistake of stashing things they want to quickly hide in their closet. Potential buyers may want to check out your closets, and the more you store in there, the more cramped they will look. A better way to do it is under your bed. Just a few will stoop so low as to check under this furniture, so feel free to quickly stash clutter here. Under-bed storage is key for a quick cleanup in the bedrooms, especially in children’s rooms.
Try to eliminate most signs of your pet. You can scrape out stinky wet food from your pet’s bowl, toss toys in a basket or drawer, and stash the pet bed in a closet or under a bed. Grab that handheld vac and suck up dry kibble as well as your pets’ hair on the kitchen floor and couch cushions.
Check the bath
No time to reglaze the tub or scour grout? You can make a fast pass over the faucet and sink with a sponge and disinfectant and swab the toilet with a squirt of cleaner. Having a dirty bathroom will send a buyer running in the other direction.
Create the right angles. Push chairs in, stack magazines carefully, and fluff up those throw pillows. Polish any wooden furniture surfaces. Do these through the living and dining rooms.
Potential home buyers need to see themselves living in the space, but this can’t happen of the home is unkempt or too personalized by the current owner. Take a moment to stash these items in a drawer. Such personal touches make it clear to home buyers that this home is yours, not theirs.
Banish bad smells
Any bad smell, whether that’s a whiff of dog or the lingering odors of lunch, no matter how great your home looks, it will all be for nothing if your home has some kind of smell. It’s safe to open all the windows, turn on the vents, and light a scented candle. You can also splash some cleaning fluid in the sinks for that just-cleaned smell.
The very last thing you need to clear from the premises is yourself. Let your home speak for itself. Sometimes, as much as you think it’s helpful to hang around to answer quick questions and explain the great features of your home, a good look from the potential buyers is all there is to it.
Source: Realtor.com, GoodHousekeeping.com, livingonadime.com
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