the house clean, tidy and show-ready can seem like a
never-ending task. Yet, that’s exactly what you’re
expected to do once you list your house on the real
the value of home staging, in which you remove
clutter and personal items, and organize the furniture
in a way that highlights the home’s best features.
Staging your home helps sell the house quickly, and for
today’s real estate market, potential homebuyers need
to move fast in order to get the house they want. That
means you have to be ready to open your doors and show
off your home in a moment’s notice.
before that Realtor comes knocking, run through this
list of ways to make your home look spiffy in a jiffy.
to tidy up
happens, and keeping everything folded, stacked and put
away all the time is near impossible. But when
homebuyers are headed your way, it’s time to kick it
into high gear.
a basket handy so you can toss toys into it in a pinch.
Stack the magazines and newspapers in a neat pile, fold
the throw blankets and fluff the pillows. Line up the
shoes in the mudroom and hang coats in the closet.
in the light
one wants to live in a cave, and a dark, dreary interior
is often an instant turnoff.
the curtains and turn on all the lights — yes, even in
the daytime — to make the house as bright as possible.
impressions mean a lot. Take a minute to make sure all
the toilet lids and closet doors are shut.
the people walking through your house will want to peek
in the closets, but let them be the one to open and
close the doors. You don’t want the closets’
contents exposed at the first glance in a room.
no time for a full scrub-down, so do what you can in the
time that you have: put dishes in the dishwasher; wipe
off the table and countertops; toss any so-so looking
food you normally keep out.
the appliances are covered in fingerprints, buff those
away ASAP. And if there’s time leftover to sweep, by
all means do so.
homeowners are oblivious to the way their house smells,
which is normal because you get accustomed to your
environment and may not realize there are stinky spots.
be on the safe side, take out the kitchen trash and
empty the kitty litter. If you have pet food that’s
been sitting out for a bit, move it outside until the
showing is done.
with a funky-smelling teen? Don’t be afraid to bust
out the air freshener and give his or her room a quick
spray. If all else fails, and it’s a nice day, open a
window or two for some fresh air.