We all want our homes to be in tip-top condition when potential buyers make an appearance. In addition to preparing your home for showings and open houses by cleaning, de-cluttering and staging, there are a number of last-minute things you can do to really allow your home to stand out from the crowd.
Your next showing could be the offer you’ve been waiting for, so take this opportunity to knock their socks off! Here are some tips for your last-minute home preparation:
- Remove all dirty dishes from the sink- Even one coffee cup in the sink can ruin the overall effect of your spotless kitchen. Instead of drawing your buyers’ eyes to your dirty dishes, allow them to soak up your beautiful kitchen and the updates you have made to make it shine.
- Make all beds – Although you may have a beautiful master bedroom, we guarantee that the first thing potential buyers will notice is your unmade bed. Remember: you’re not just selling your home, but you’re selling a lifestyle. In other words, buyers want to imagine their life in your home, so make sure your rooms – particularly your bedroom – is as neat as a pin.
- Remove all shoes and coats from the entry – Don’t let your potential buyers trip over the shoes in your entry. Although this may be the gathering spot for all of the shoes, coats and backpacks, it must be clean and clear before your buyers walk through the door.
- Hide Fido or Fluffy’s food bowls and cat box – Remember: not all buyers are pet lovers, so hide obvious signs of your pets so that they don’t notice the litter box the moment they walk into your laundry room.
- Tidy the kids’ toys and hide what you can – Although your kids’ toys overrun your family room, you must do what you can to either organize or disguise the toys. After all, your potential buyers can’t appreciate the family’s room fireplace and crown molding if brightly colored toys capture their attention.
- Open the curtains and blinds – A bright home looks larger, airier and more welcoming, so make sure to open all blinds and curtains before your first buyer walks through the door.
- Open the windows, if possible – If weather permits, open your windows and air your home out. Fresh air throughout your home will rid the house of any stagnant odors and add an air of freshness and brightness.
These small, last minute preparations could translate into a sold home!