You followed the advice of your agent when trying to sell your home in Albany, NY or the surrounding area. You spent time getting everything ready for the professional photographer. Now, your listing has gorgeous pictures. Your house looks like it came right out of a magazine!
Well, that was easy enough to accomplish when you had ample notice that the photographer was coming. But how do you keep your home show-ready while still living in it?
- Declutter your home. Hopefully, you’ve already done this. A house is, well, a home. It is where you live. It’s where you keep your stuff. When your home is on the market, you need to make that “stuff” as scarce as possible. This makes your home feel bigger. And providing a blank slate allows a potential buyer to envision their family in the home. One benefit is that it actually gives you a headstart on packing, and can make your home feel refreshed. It also gives you less to tidy-up at the end of the day.
- Deep clean once, then stay on top of it. A home buyer will be able to tell the difference between a squeaky clean home and one that has seen better days. Before officially going on the market, you may consider hiring a maid service to come in and really get into the nitty-gritty details of cleaning your home. If not, dedicate a whole weekend to doing this yourself. Once you give it an incredible deep clean, it’s much easier to stay on top of it. Before you go to bed or start your day, set aside half an hour to wipe down your counter tops, vacuum, straighten up the linen closet and spray down the shower.
- Kitchen and Bathrooms. Most buyers really care about the condition of kitchen and bathrooms. If you have to prioritize where you spend your time prepping, make sure these areas are show-worthy.
- Minimize meal prep. There are so many reasons to keep meals simple. Elaborate meals typically use several pots and pans. That’s a mess that will take time to clean up. Consider making a bunch of freezer meals or having easy-to-prep food on hand. And cleaning aside — sometimes food smells can be overwhelming to a buyer. That is, unless you’re baking some cookies!
- Keep a “To-Go” bag at the door. Your agent will try to discourage it, but, mor than likely, you will get last-minute calls from buyers looking to see your home rightthatminute. Keep a bag prepped and ready so you can dash out the door. A bag for the kids would contain toys, homework supplies and snacks. And don’t forget your furry friends! Make sure your pets’ leashes and other supplies are easily accessible so that you can get your whole crew out in no time.
- Set up a showing schedule that works for you, but try to be flexible. Buyers will understand if you have an infant who naps every day from 1:00 – 2:00, or kids who get home from soccer practice at 6:30 p.m. Let your agent know if there are a few times of day that, under no circumstance, is unavailable for showings. But remember — the more people who see your home, the quicker you’ll get an offer.