It’s a lot of work. Fortunately, with a little investment of your time, your home can stay market ready, right up until that perfect buyer comes walking through your door.
Declutter and Toss
The more you have, the more you move. It goes without saying. So why would you bother packing those six pairs of jeans you haven’t worn in five years? What’s more, everything that gets packed just has to be unpacked again. So save yourself some work on the front end by going through everything with a fine-tooth comb.
- Donate useful and gently-worn items to charities around town.
- Prepack your knickknacks yourself. You’ll know your precious porcelains are carefully stowed while cutting back on the clutter.
- Keep an eye out for things you can toss. And be ruthless. That 1987 hair band concert t-shirt might not be doing anyone any good these days.
Become a Clean Machine
When people walk through your house, show off your countertops. Don’t distract buyers with last night’s dirty dishes. Gross.
- Go top to bottom, from the baseboards to the ceiling fans, making sure they’re free of dust, dirt and grime. Magic Erasers are your friend.
- Pay close attention to your windows. Clean windows let more light in, which can make a room feel more airy.
- Consider cleaning the carpets, or having it done professionally. Not only will it look great, but it can also add a fresh feel to the house.
After the toilets are scrubbed and the switch plates are spotless, it only makes sense to keep everything in tip-top shape.
- Build a cleaning regimen into your day that includes doing dishes, sweeping floors and wiping down surfaces.
- A weekly regimen might include dusting, vacuuming and mopping.
The point is to keep the house ready for whoever might come by. You never know – the next person through your front door just might be next owner of your home.
A Couple Don’ts
Here are a couple of things to keep in mind:
Put Down the Hammer!
Now is not the time to be replacing the front door, rewiring the attic, etc. If there’s something wrong with your home, you should have mentioned it in the disclosure form – you know, that form that asked about your HVAC, foundation, roof and several other parts of your home.
The last thing you want is a half-finished, half-baked project distracting potential buyers from the rest of your house. Not only is it unsightly, it raises serious red flags.
Don’t Take Feedback Personally
When people do a walkthrough of your home with their realtor, they might be encouraged to provide feedback. It’s up to you and your realtor how you receive this feedback, if at all. Some comments can be quite useful.
But not all feedback is.
Whether it’s a comment on bathroom paint colors or the size of a room, resist the urge to take it personally. Some things you can’t do anything about. If that’s the case, it’s not the right house for that buyer anyway.
Eventually, the right somebody will come along and find everything right with the house. And who knows? You might end up picking up a couple good habits along the way.
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