Clean Your House - this means carpets, grout, tile, windows, doors, around faucets, shower door tracks, mirrors, etc. Q-Tip Clean. A really clean house send the message to buyers (and inspectors and appraisers) that you took good care of your house.
De-Clutter - Remove all personal items such as photos, all religious items, personal collections of things - these are potential distractions or detractions for Buyers. Pack them up now. You are getting a jump start on moving day! Remove anything of value.
Color: . You may need to add some décor and furniture, and/or paint certain areas of the house.
PRIORITIES: START working in the Main rooms of your house - then the Garage and then the Closets, except the Master Closet – treat that like a main room.
Who are you? Remove ANYTHING with your name, your child’s name, etc on it -
trophies, plaques, diplomas, handmade items, even on a wall mural. We need to
neutralize and not distract the buyer, but also protect your family.
Protect Your Personal ID: Keep anything that has your personal financial info, bank info, job info, etc. out of sight. It’s no one’s business who you are, what you do, etc.,when they are buying a house.
Remove any calendars or appointment books and spare keys to house or cars – do not leave these out – not only is it clutter, but it gives too much info to anyone in your house.
Bathrooms must be very clean - wipe the floor around the toilet, keep the toilet lid DOWN at all times. Get rid of the Big 3 (scrubber, trash can, plunger). Use the undersink area to store those items. Do not leave a plunger in any bathroom – says “there is something wrong with the plumbing.” Check grout in tub and showers - if it is discolored re-grout it.
Make your beds every day - keep the rooms picked up so that Buyers feel you care for the house that they may purchase.
Keep cooking odors to a minimum - this includes fish, cooking spices, broccoli, and anything that is creates an odor.
Touchup - Touch up paint and baseboards to remove smudges, dirt, etc.
Pets - keep any evidence of pets out of sight for showings and pictures. That means no food bowls, cat trees, etc. out while house is for sale.