Real Estate --- Ready To Show Your Home?
The phone rings, your real estate agent is on the other line with a
potential buyer! Oh no, the house is a mess! You throw everything on
the living room floor into the living room closet, all the toys in
the kids rooms end up under the bed, all the dirty clothes in the
laundry room up in the cabinets. You run out the door with the
satisfaction that your house looks great. Now all you can think
about is the potential offer you’ll receive soon.
Here comes the agent. This poor, unsuspecting soul has done her best
to round up as many buyers as she can to assist you in selling your
home. She is excited because this one seems like a good candidate.
Your house is exactly what this buyer has been talking about for a
week. They are about to take a private tour. The key word there is
These people who are going through your home are not going to just
walk from room to room. They are going to open cupboard doors. They
will peep inside the medicine chest. They will open every door and
built in drawer there is in the house. After all, they will want to
see what they are actually purchasing. They will want to know how
much space is in the kitchen. They will want to know if their things
will fit in the closets.
When you put your house on the market everything is an open book.
People will be looking through with a fine tooth comb to see what
the house has to offer. This means looking in places a guest would
not even go near. There are some preparations you should do to
prepare your home for the people who will be coming in during the
showings and open houses.
The first thing you should do is pack up anything in any of the
closets which are not necessary. Put them in storage, whether it is
in the garage, basement, or even a storage unit. You will want to
get rid of anything you will not need. This will make the closets
more roomy and appear larger.
You will also want to clear clutter from built in drawers. Again,
pack up what you do not need. There are some bedrooms which have the
added convenience of built in drawers. Some people keep very
personal items in these drawers. Anyone who is interested in buying
your home will be looking in them. If you do not want things seen
then move them to an appropriate place where they will not be
Many good real estate agents will tell you to prepare your home so
that anyone walking in can imagine their possessions in the space.
This means removing any personal items like family pictures. You
will want to make the house appear as neutral as possible. This can
enable the potential buyer to see the house and not the decorations.
They can envision how the rooms will look when they are in the home.
By packing up what is not necessary will help you when it comes time
to move. You will have many of the things in the closets and drawers
already packed. This makes it so much easier to not leave anything
behind. You can also keep away from any embarrassment when people
start looking behind closed doors.
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