Placing your home on the market for sale is a stressful situation at best, but it gets even worse when your realtor calls to tell you that she is showing your house in 20 minutes. You’re home, on the couch, in your yoga pants binge-watching something amazing on Netflix, and your house is not show ready. What do you do now? Besides getting out of the house as quickly as possible – impromptu Starbucks trip, anyone? – you have to get the house show ready in approximately no time at all. Unless you are a habitual neat freak, our guess is that you need more than 10 minutes to get things together, but sometimes you have to work with what you have.
The good news is that you can show your house in decent condition without much effort, if you simply know what it is you need to handle in the shortest amount of time. First, take a deep breath and relax.
You own laundry baskets, right? Grab them; if they’re filled with laundry, shove it all in the wash and use the baskets for your clutter. Take a trip around the house and remove anything that is cluttered, messy or not in place and shove it in your basket. The next step is to take the basket to the car. You don’t want to leave it around for people to see – and they’ll be going through your closets without a doubt.
The next thing you have to do to get your home show ready in a moment is to tidy up. Grab a towel and work on the counters, the tables and anything else that’s a solid surface. Once it’s sparkling, it makes a difference. One of the easiest things to do when you are cleaning up the house to make it look perfect is to go over the counters and tables and shelves with a quick wipe down. This helps to remove some dirt and dust, stains and fingerprints. It’s a simple fix, and it’s something you can do in no time at all. It might not seem like it makes a big difference, but it really does.
Make it smell good
If you’ve been home all day long and you don’t feel that your house smells amazing, go ahead and see if you can fix that. I know you don’t want to go around the house spraying things down, but you can light a candle while you clean up and hope that it makes a big difference. The other thing you can do is throw a few sticks of cinnamon in a pan of water and heat it up on the stove or stick it in the oven on a low heat setting to allow the smell to permeate the air and provide the house with a wonderful scent.
When a house smells good, people feel instantly more welcome and excited to be in the house, and it’s one of the simplest fixes. Additionally, opening up the windows on a gorgeous day can make a huge difference, too. It is a spectacular way to ensure that everyone is going to enjoy your home even more than they already did just by taking a deep breath.
Make the beds
It’s simple, it takes a second and it makes a huge difference. Ideally, you should get into the habit of making the bed first thing in the morning when you get up. This small act of work makes the entire day feel more productive and better, it makes the house look cleaner and it makes everyone else seem so much simpler. I have no idea why this is, but ask anyone what happens when they take the time to make their bed each morning. It’s simple and it’s lovely.
Clean the bathrooms
Put the toilet seats down, straighten the towels, make sure shower doors and curtains are closed. Make sure the countertop is not cluttered, and do your very best to make sure the rugs are straightened and that the laundry is not visible in the basket. It might be a good idea to invest in laundry baskets for the dirty clothes with lids so that people cannot see inside of them and you don’t have to take the time to empty them when you are already short on time.
Create good habits
Now that you have taken your 10 minutes and changed the way the entire house looks, you should consider adopting some good habits in your everyday life. It’ll mean less work when you do have to get the house ready for showing in less than a few minutes. Make the bed as soon as you get up every single morning. Put the dishes in the dishwasher when you are finished with them instead of allowing them to pile up. Clean up as you go. It all makes a huge difference.
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