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When your house is up for sale, keeping it in a “ready to show” state at all times is important. Yes, it can be inconvenient to always have your home looking spiffy and clean but the time and effort invested will almost always result in more money in your pocket! Follow this 5-step checklist to prepare your listing for showings.
Step 1: Clean the Kitchen
Most potential buyers will spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Make sure floors are not sticky, counters are clean and shiny and clutter-free. Dishes need to be done and the sink clean.
Step 2: Clean the Bathroom
After the kitchen, bathrooms are the next major area of potential buyers’ interest. Make sure all the fixtures sparkle. Are the towels clean and hanging where they should be? Is the bathmat spiffy? Is all laundry stowed in a bin?
Step 3: Check the Bedrooms
Are the beds made? Are there decorative items in place, like pillows and pretty throw blankets, to give that cozy feel? Again, check for wayward laundry or personal items that you may not want others to see.
Step 4: Check the Floors
We’ve already talked about making sure the kitchen floors are clean – and that goes for all the floors throughout the house. Do a quick mop-up of wood or tile floors, and fresh vacuum of carpeted floors.
Step 5: Check the Temperature
Don’t wait until the last minute to adjust the thermostat. You want your potential buyers to walk into a comfortable environment – and that means not too hot and not too cold.
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