Your house is for sale and you leave for work each morning. What should you be asking yourself before you leave for the day?
Why do so many people hate cats and dogs? Well they don’t but they do hate smells, dander and hair. Change the cat litter, vacuum the hair. Maybe send the pets on a vacation. Every realtor and every house shopper has experienced the unbelievable stench of cat litter left unattended; don’t let that be at your house. Oops. You have a dog but have never bothered to vacuum up the hair. Yuck!
What is so hard about making the bed? Make it. Pull up the duvet. This will make the rooms bigger and more presentable. You cannot believe I would suggest this but have you peaked into your teenager’s bedroom. Ugh and Arg!!!!
Why is every day garbage day? Empty the garbage. Don’t leave piles of refuse in your waste baskets or in the kitchen. Sometimes that stuff just stinks and I don’t want to know that you live on taker out food.
What is a comfortable temperature? Keep your house reasonably warm in winter and cool in summer. It might cost a bit more to heat or cool the empty house during the day, but it will make a difference to people who you would like to stay and seriously consider buying.
Why don’t people love my air fresheners and perfume? Tone down the air freshener, scented candles or smelly perfumes. It makes people suspicious of what this is disguising. Open the windows for a bit before leaving. Let fresh air in. If we start sneezing when we enter – we are leaving.
Can I take a minute to open the drapes and let the sun shine in? It is difficult to sell a home in the dark. Make sure your home is light filled by opening up the drapes, drawing up the blinds and turning on the lights – even if it is the middle of the day. It is only in Great Britain that all the doors to every room are closed. Open them and let light pour through the house.
How long will it take to sell my house? It will take a whole lot less time if you make sure your house is presentable every day that it is on the market. A little effort every day means fewer days that you have to keep up appearances.