Get Rid of Clutter if You Want to Sell Your Lakeland Home in a Hurry

Real Estate Agent with The Boyce Team

FLuffy PillowsSo you've made the decision to sell your Lakeland home. You have Damion Boyce as your realtor, all lined up and ready to sell your home, the paperwork has been taken care of, the carpets are cleaned and other deep cleaning has already been done. Now all you need are some buyers ready to see your home and fall in love with it. 

Here are a few tips to make sure your home is ready at a moment's notice for prospective buyers to see it and get that "gotta-have-it" feeling. Let's consider what needs to be done on a daily basis, preferably first thing in the morning, room by room: 

1. Kitchen. Be sure all dirty dishes are either washed, dried and put away or at the very least, stashed in the dishwasher. Give the sink a quick swipe with a rag and cleanser and polish the faucets to make them shine. Wipe off the counters (no crumbs, please), and put away clean dishes, snacks, loose dishtowels and dishcloths or anything else that could be construed as clutter. Sweep the floor, brush the crumbs off the toaster, wipe up any spills anywhere in the room, remembering to check the floor and stove top as well. If the kitchen wastebasket is overflowing, take out the trash! And please, no leftover coffee in the coffeepot either. 

2. Living or Family Room. It should go without saying, but I'll say it anyway - get rid of clutter. No dirty dishes from the night before, no DVD's, newspapers, chip clips, snacks, magazines, or any other loose junk can be left lying around if you want prospective buyers to feel comfortable in your home and ultimately buy your Lakeland real estate. Fluff the couch pillows, fold up any afghans or other throws, put footstools where they belong and box up the dog's toys. Dust any surfaces that need it and sweep up any undesirable dirt lying about. 

3. Bedrooms. This is the foremost bedroom tip - make the beds! Then, pick up dirty clothes, the jewelry you wore yesterday and neaten your bedside stands. Put away extra shoes and slippers and be sure you don't leave your coffee cup in the bedroom when you leave for work. 

4. Bathrooms. Take a wet wipe or a rag and cleanser and tidy up the sink. Be sure to wipe down the faucets till they sparkle like diamonds. A quick swish of the toilet brush will get the potty in shape and by spraying the shower after each use, you may be able to avoid any shower cleaning at all! Shake or sweep any rugs that are showing lint or loose hair. And of course, as in every other room in the house, put away any clutter such as combs or brushes, toiletries, and make-up. 

As you can see, clutter is now your enemy. So get rid of it before it multiplies when you aren't looking. Remember, this is the day that the new owners of your house may decide to pay a visit so you must be ready! 

The Boyce Team is ready and waiting to help you sell your Lakeland home, or if you prefer, buy a Lakeland home. They know lots more tips to help your house sell quickly, so why not contact them today!



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Associate Broker Falmouth MA Cape Cod Heath Coker & - Falmouth, MA
Heath Coker Robert Paul Properties Falmouth MA

That is a good way to plant the vision of you as their broker.

Jan 20, 2010 12:27 PM #1
Andrea Kappre
Old World Realty - Mickleton, NJ
New Jersey Realtor, New Jersey MLS, Homes for Sale in NJ

Great advice.. Clutter is always the enemy, but mostly when you are trying to sell your home.

Jan 20, 2010 12:51 PM #2
Damion Boyce
The Boyce Team - Lakeland, FL

Clutter can really overtake a home, which is disastrous when you are selling.  You don't want the buyer to think about their own potential clutter!

Feb 02, 2010 12:43 PM #3
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