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The Go2Team

Real Estate Professionals

Things You Can Do To Make Your Home Show-Ready

 

Interior

  • Evaluate the furniture in each room and remove anything that interrupts the flow, makes the room appear smaller, or confuses the purpose of the room.
  • De-clutter, de-clutter, de-clutter. This is the biggest photo killer - seriously.
  • Clean and organize cabinets, closets, pantries, and bookshelves, and remove excessive contents. Buyers will open cabinet and closet doors to look inside.
  • Clean all light fixtures, ceiling fans, and return vents. These are often neglected.
  • Replace non-working light bulbs. You want your rooms to be light and bright.
  • Have your carpets cleaned. If they are excessively worn or stained, you should consider replacing them with new flooring.
  • Repair all plumbing leaks, including faucets and drain traps. Fix or replace discolored grout, and replace any broken tiles.
  • Make minor repairs (torn screens, sticking doors, cracked caulking).
  • Clean or paint walls and ceilings. Clean baseboards.
  • Replace worn cabinets, door knobs, and outdated or worn counter tops.
  • Scrub the kitchen and all bathrooms. Dirt isn't so visible in photos, but it certainly is in real life.
  • Buy new bedding for bedrooms, if needed.
  • Replace old lamps or worn lampshades.
  • Buy new towels for bathrooms.

 

Exterior

  • Keep the grass cut and remove all yard clutter.
  • Weed flower beds and apply fresh mulch.
  • Apply fresh paint or stain to wooden fences.
  • Tighten and clean all door handles.
  • Clean windows inside and out.
  • Powerwash home’s exterior, deck, and driveway.
  • Ensure all gutters and downspouts are firmly attached and functioning.
  • Paint the front door. A pretty wreath gives it some interest.
  • Buy a new welcome mat.
  • Place potted flowers near the front door. A pop of color does wonders for your primary photo.

 

Things To Do Before A Showing

  • Turn on all the lights.
  • Open all drapes and shutters in the daytime.
  • Keep pets crated or, better yet, take them with you.
  • Play quiet background music.
  • Infuse your home with a comforting scent, such as apple spice or vanilla. Here's a great all-natural recipe:

 

           

In the morning, fill a crockpot 3/4 full with water, add lemon slices, a sprig of rosemary, and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Turn the crockpot on the lowest setting & keep the lid off.  Check the water level periodically, & turn crockpot off before water level gets very low.

  • Set the dining room table with placemats, dinner plates, & coordinating cloth napkins in rings.
  • Vacate the property while it is being shown.