Ways To Keep Your House Ready For Showings When Selling It
Unless you live alone, it can be very hard to keep your house perfectly clean and prepared for showings when it is for sale; however, this is something you will need to aim for. Real estate agents do not always give homeowners a lot of notice when they have showings, which means you need to find a way to keep your house neat and tidy after listing it. Here are some tips to help you achieve this goal.
Get rid of clutter
If you do not deep clean your house and eliminate most or all of the clutter in it, you may have a really hard time keeping your house neat while it is for sale. Getting rid of clutter is the number one step you can take as you prepare your house. Without clutter everywhere, you will have an easier time keeping everything neat and tidy, and you will have fewer things to work around. As you declutter your home, throw things away or donate them to a local charity to get them out of your house.
Make a list of tasks you will complete each night before bed
Once your house is clean and clutter-free, you will need to make a plan as to what you will do each night before bed (or first thing each morning) to help your house look cleaner and neater. You can write out a list and post it somewhere that you will see each day, and you may want to include the following tasks:
- Sweep the floors
- Do all your dishes and empty your dishwasher
- Wipe down the counters and sinks
- Clear off the kitchen table and counters
- Put shoes and other items away that were left by your front door
- Make a sweep through your entire home and pick up any clutter you find
- Through a load of laundry in the washer or dryer
If you complete a set of tasks like these each night before you go to bed, your house will look a lot nicer in the morning, and you will be better prepared for showings.
Work together as a family
You may also want to incorporate your family into this plan by assigning duties to each one. You may also want to offer incentives to your kids for keeping their rooms cleaned and not messing up other parts of the house.
If you can keep your house relatively tidy all the time, preparing for last-minute showings may not be a big deal. Keep in mind that last-minute showings could potentially turn into a sale of your house, which is why you will not want to turn away anyone that wants to see homes for sale. To learn more, contact an agent today.