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Short-Notice Showings In 10 Minutes Or Less
Selling a home while living in it is not easy — if you want it to look its best when potential buyers come around. Still, with a plan in place, you can minimize the panic of short-notice showings. Here’s a checklist to help.
First Things First
• Tone it down! Turn off all electronics to cut down on noise.
• Make it bright! Turn on all lighting to illuminate every room. For daytime showings, open all window coverings.
• Clear the clutter! Stash magazines, newspapers and mail in a basket or box you can easily slip under a bed or tuck quickly in a dresser drawer.
• Stifle the odors! Be sure to remove the source, then open a window or door to let in some fresh air. If needed, place a small bowl of white vinegar or fresh coffee grounds in the area of the unpleasant smell to absorb odors.
• Round up the pets! Keep them safe, get them out of the way and make the buyers comfortable. Secure pets in their crates, outdoors or with you or a neighbor.
• Check floors! Use a hand vacuum or damp cloth to remove debris or spots. (Do a complete sweep-up if you have time.)
• Make it comfortable! Turn down the air conditioner a degree or two to make it cool and inviting inside. Circulate air with fans on low if you don’t have A/C.
Room By Room
• Kitchen: Clean and put away dishes (or hide them in the dishwasher). Wipe counters and fixtures.
• Bathrooms: Wipe counters, fixtures and mirror. Make sure toilets are clean and lids closed. Wipe down tubs and shower walls. Hang fresh towels neatly. Move toiletries under cabinet or into a closet.
• Bedrooms: Make bed (best done first thing every morning, just in case). Put clothes away in drawers, hang them in the closet or hide them in the hamper, washer or dryer.
• Children’s rooms: Gather toys, games and books, and put them back on bookshelves or in baskets and bins.
• Living or family room: Remove clutter; put away books; stash knickknacks and family photos out of sight.
• Entry way: Hang all coats, hats, umbrellas, keys and bags in a closet — not on wall hooks. Hide the shoes. Clear away papers and mail.
These little things will help the house show so much better. Sometimes it is better to go ahead and show, as to not lose the potential buyer. When they come back for a 2nd showing you will have more time to make it shine. For more tips, please visit www.cbbaker.com or call us 910-202-3607