Not only am I absolutely over the moon for all things home, but fortunately for me, my career in real estate and passion for helping people make their house a home feeds my addiction. I work with people who are moving for a variety of reasons (expanding family, job relocation, etc.) and every day I walk sellers through what I lovingly refer to as “home show anxiety.” A buyer wants to see our home? Now what?!
When the time comes to pass your place to a new owner, a few helpful tips can ensure that your house shows in its best light.
□ Sweep sidewalk and front stoop of leaves and debris
□ Keep lawn & landscaping trimmed
□ Water potted plants
□ Make sure the house key left for agents works easily
□ Stow away clutter (papers, magazines, toys, etc.)
□ Fold throw blankets and fluff pillows
□ Vacuum rugs
□ Dust & straighten surfaces (coffee tables, bookshelves, etc.)
□ Clear off refrigerator & declutter countertops
□ Make sure sink, countertops & cabinets are clean
□ Mop floor
□ Make beds neatly
□ Stow away shoes, clothes, books, etc.
□ Vacuum rugs
□ Make sure all surfaces are clean (sinks, countertops, bathtubs, etc.)
□ Put out fresh towels
□ Clear countertops of clutter
□ Empty wastebaskets
□ Turn on lamps and open curtains and blinds fully to maximize amount of light
□ Make sure your home smells clean (lemon scented cleansers, mild candles, etc.)
□ Make sure all light bulbs work
□ Sweep back deck/porch
Showing your home can feel stressful at times, but staying organized will help you have peace of mind. Have confidence in your home and the price you have chosen, and it will show through to the buyer.
– Cara Wilkerson writes the real estate and home improvement blog Live the Home Life.
Photo Credits: Michael Baxley