I often go to listing appointments and just like a buyer, by the time I open the front door, I have an idea of what the house is going to look like. Sometimes my stomach churns and sometimes I start to shake cuz I'm so excited!!
I wish I could say that the latter occurs more than the churning, but, alas, that is not the case. So, let me throw out a few rules to sellers before you even invite your realtor over to your house:
1 Instead of entering your house through the garage like you usually do, park your car in the driveway, and go to your front door. How does it look? Did you trip over fallen tree limbs that fell after the last storm? Is your door covered with cobwebs and spider eggballs? When was the last time you painted your front door and trim? Is there wood rot at the base of the door?
If you said yes to any of those questions, take care of it before I show up!! Because you sure as heck are going to have to take care of it after I leave!!
2 Enter your house all by yourself. Concentrate. What do you smell? Burnt grilled cheese sandwiches? Old fried fish from three nights ago? No? Well, do you smell someone who went crazy at Sam's Club because those smelly melting wax thingies were on sale. Too much of anything is not a good thing, so ease up on it. NOW! Before I get there.
3 What is the first thing you look at when you come in the front door? Is your eye caught by the collywobbles amassed at the corner of each stair leading to the second floor? Is the catchall table in the foyer piled high with unopened mail and keys that go to nothing? Is the wallpaper that your grandmother loved, peeling at the seams? Take care of it. NOW! Before I get there.
4 Walk into your kitchen and take a slow spin. Can you see the countertops? Or are they covered with a crumb-covered toaster oven, a small microwave that still has exploded spaghetti sauce on the door and your coffee maker that hasn't been cleaned in 3 months? Get rid of the junk! Clean what you absolutely need. Throw out the rest or have a yard sale so that your kitchen looks big and spacious. Make it look like you have so much space you don't have enough stuff to fill the cabinets!! NOW! Before I get there.
5 We won't even go down to the basement today or in the garage....because you KNOW what I'm going to say.
6 Let's head to the bedrooms. Oh, NO! Not that!!! Please don't go there, you say. Are you thinking I must be the Long Island Medium to be able to see your house from afar? Well, I will share a little secret. Unless you have a maid, your house looks like every other house out there. But, now we need to get it ready to sell, so take care of it. Before I get there!
Want to know the absolute best place to hide things in your house? Want to know the one place in a house that no buyer EVER looks? Want to know where you should hide all your knick-knacks that you love but need to de-clutter?
Under your bed. No one ever looks there. And it is the only spot in your house that will remain sacred.