When you put your house up for sale, it does not magically get sold; sometimes it can take weeks or even months before the right buyer comes along. During that time period, your house must look its best, even over the long haul. With that idea in mind, here are some ways how to keep your house ready to show.
Keep Bathrooms Clean
After initially cleaning your bathrooms, it’s easy to let them fill up with bottles and tubes on the counter and in the shower. Similarly, it’s easy to forget about cleaning toilet bowls or mirrors. Bathrooms are one of the main selling points with house shoppers, so you must clean your bathrooms frequently to entice homebuyers.
The Haunted Mansion is a popular attraction, but you don’t want your home to have a similar amount of cobwebs and dust. To keep the interior of your house looking new, dusting and polishing of furniture and wood fixtures is a must.
Dusting also keeps allergy sufferers from sneezing as soon as they walk through the door to your house. Nothing will lose a sale with someone with a dust allergy than seeing two-inch-thick dust around your house.
Take out the Garbage
Keep garbage cans and wastebaskets empty. A potential buyer for your home will be repelled by the site of garbage can overflowing in your kitchen. Having waste sitting around your house also invites an insect infestation, so it is crucial to keep wastebaskets and garbage cans clean.
Keep Your Beds Made
An unmade bed can make your bedroom look disheveled, and by proxy your entire house. To avoid this potential pitfall with homebuyers:
- Keep bed-making to be quick and easy.
- Don’t’ use unneeded cover layers and too many pillows.
- Use fitted sheets, and consider changing from bedspreads to comforters that are easier to put on and smooth out quickly.
Keep the Kitchen Clean
Perhaps the most important room in any house is the kitchen. It is where the family eats meals and meets to discuss important issues. The kitchen has often been referred to as the heart of the home, and you don’t want your house to look like it has heart disease. Here are a few ways to keep your kitchen looking great:
- Don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink or dishwasher.
- Don’t leave things like cereal boxes or peanut cans sitting on your table.
- Mop tile floors, so they sparkle.
- Don’t leave old rotting fruit in a bowl. Not only does it look bad, but it also invites gnats or fruit flies into your house.
- Clear clippings and drawings of the Refrigerator. While those pictures by your child and clippings of important events or cartoons have value to you, it just looks like clutter to a potential homebuyer. Box up any papers from your refrigerator and take them with you to your new house.
Don’t Let Laundry Pile Up
Seeing piles of laundry throughout your house is a major deterrent to people buying it. It is not only unsightly; it reminds people of their own house and why they want to leave. It also gives your house a sense of being smaller.
Pay Attention to the Big Things
If you are trying to sell your house while it has a leaky roof, it will never sell. Other issues like bad plumbing or faulty wiring, will have the same effect. Be sure to take care of any issues that could impact house shoppers who are being shown your house. You don’t need to be a home inspector to know that a stain on the ceiling from a leak is bad, or that a puddle from a leaky pipe means trouble.
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