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Selling a house and getting a residence show-ready are two entirely different things.
If you list your house, homebuyers can evaluate it at their convenience. But merely listing a residence offers no guarantees.
Instead, a home seller may want to get his or her residence show-ready. Because if a house is show-ready, the likelihood increases that homebuyers will fall in love with this home as soon as they see it.
There are many quick, easy ways to get your home show-ready, and these include:
1. Clean and Declutter Your Home
Mop the floors, wipe down countertops and conduct various home cleaning tasks. That way, you can transform an ordinary home interior into an immaculate one.
Also, don't forget to declutter your residence as much as possible. If you evaluate your personal belongings, you can identify clutter and work to remove excess items from your house.
For those who need to get rid of clutter, you may be able to sell excess items at a garage sale or online. Also, you can donate excess items to local charities or give these items to family members and friends.
2. Revamp Your House's Exterior
Mow the front lawn, repair any cracked or damaged home siding and complete assorted home exterior improvements. By doing so, you can boost your house's curb appeal and help your home stand out to potential buyers.
Remember, your home's curb appeal may make or break a possible sale. If you allocate the necessary time and resources to revamp your house's exterior, you can increase the chance that a buyer will set up a home showing that could lead to a home sale.
3. Perform Last-Minute Touch-Ups
The final hours before a home showing can be stressful. Fortunately, if you know how to perform myriad last-minute touch-ups, you can boost the likelihood that your residence will make a great first impression on buyers.
Opening the blinds is a great way to brighten up your house prior to a showing. Furthermore, you should empty any trash bins to minimize the risk that unpleasant odors may emanate throughout your home.
Clearly, there's a lot that you can do to get your house show-ready. And if you need extra help as you sell your house, you may want to collaborate with a real estate agent as well.
A real estate agent is a housing market expert who understands what it takes to get a house show-ready. He or she is happy to provide home showing recommendations to ensure that you can stir up plenty of interest in your residence.
Of course, a real estate agent provides plenty of assistance throughout the home selling process too. This housing market professional will help you craft an engaging home listing, promote your residence to potential buyers and negotiate with a buyer's agent on your behalf. He or she will even respond to your home selling concerns and queries.
Prepare your house for a showing – use the aforementioned tips, and you should have no trouble getting your residence show-ready.
Homemade cleaning solutions aren't just effective. They're also free of irritating chemicals, gentle on delicate surfaces, and easy on the environment. Here are a few recipes for making your own cleaning solutions.
Natural Wood Polish
This is a classic mix:
- In a small cup, mix one part olive oil to one part lemon juice.
- Now, use a soft cloth to rub your homemade wood polish into your wood pieces.
- Buff the wood to its rich, natural glow with a clean cloth.
What a gentle, protective cleaner! Plus, it smells lemony fresh.
Drain Cleaner and Declogger
A baking soda and vinegar mix can clear out clogs at the first sign of slow draining, before the job gets impossibly hairy. Give these steps a whirl:
- Boil a pot of water.
- Flush the drain with it. (Handle boiling water with care!)
- Then pour a cup of baking soda and vinegar, in roughly equal parts, down the drain. You'll see the drain bubble up a bit.
- Close your drain.
- Wait a few minutes, while boiling a new pot of water. Then carefully pour the boiling water down the drain.
Done! If your clog is in the advanced stages, you might want to bring a plunger into the equation. You'll get there, with eco-friendly flair.
Safe Insect Repellent for Indoor Use
Let chemicals be the last resort. Keep the air fresh and fragrant by giving these ideas a go.
- For ants on the counter: Try cream of tartar. Use a little of this white powder plus a little water to make a thin paste. Sponge it over kitchen surfaces. (It will be invisible when dry.) Wiping with vinegar can also work well.
- For moths, spiders, silverfish and others in the corners, nooks, and crannies: Cedar chips or cedar sachets in closets and cupboards deter those rascals while making your closets smell wonderful.
- To redirect them all, wherever they might be: Use cinnamon sticks! Or put a couple of drops of essential cinnamon oil in a spray bottle filled with water. A spritz here and there repels bugs from seams that the little critters regard as revolving doorways.
Paste For Making Shiny Things Sparkle
Here's how it's done:
- Sponge unpainted cabinet knobs and faucets, and other hardware, with lemon juice.
- Leave on for a time, then gently rub salt over the surface.
- Rinse, then wipe dry.
To polish brass or other metals that have a protective varnish, use a soft, moistened cloth. Avoid using household chemicals.
These are just a few ways to clean your house and keep it looking new without using chemicals. They're also great ways to get ready for your next open house without having to air out the rooms before your guests arrive.
Looking for more ways to prep your home for an open house or get it ready for the market? Feel free to reach out!