Uncategorized May 28, 2016

Last Second Showing? Clean Up Quick With These Tips!

If you have listed your home for sale in Lynden, WA you likely have already decluttered, cleaned and prepped your home  for showings with listing instructions that give you enought time to get the house together and leave whenever there is a showing. But what about when your Lynden Realtor calls and says they have a serious potential buyer who needs to see the house asap? As we all know, homes are meant to be lived in and that comes with stuff….everywhere. Add in extra people and pets, and well cleaning an entire house in 15 minutes while trying to get the crew out the door can feel overwhelming. So how can you get the house ready and allow a hot prospect to still see your home at a convenient time for them? Several ways actually. Read on for these great tips!

1.) Designate a "throw all" bin with a lid in a hall closet for last second clean ups. Any clutter, clothes, back packs or random items that are on the floors can be thrown in here quickly and then shut the door. In the bedrooms, pull the teenager move and stash stuff under the bed.

2.) Clear off the counter tops in the kitchen and bathrooms. Even if you have to stash things in a random drawer, this makes the home look less cluttered while making your counters look larger.

3.) Open up blinds and curtains to more light inside your Lynden, WA real estate for sale. Lighter brighter homes feel larger and more open. Poorly lit homes for sale in Lynden, WA feel smaller. Most people want as much bang for their buck so making your home look as big as possible helps bring in the offers. If it is a dreary day out, turn on all the lights.

4.) Do a quick pass with the cleaning products in the bathroom. Disinfectant wipes work great and you can keep a stash under each sink. Some also work to clean glass so if you can find dual purpose you can be in and out of each bathroom in 2 minutes.

5.) Straighten up your home for sale in Lynden, WA by pushing in chairs, fluffing pillows, stacking books or magazines and angling frames and art as you zip through the home.

6.) Just finished cooking something with a ton of herbs and garlic? Or did your dog just come in after being caught in the rain? When you have a house full of people and pets it is hard to keep things smelling like fresh linen all the time. However, you can quickly turning on vents, fans, open the windows and light a fresh smelling scented candle. You can even throw some cleaning solution in the sink to help cover any foods that just went down the disposle.

If you don't get everything done, the potential buyer will understand that you had minimal time to get the house ready and will likely be pretty understanding if your Lynden, WA real estate is not perfect. However, we all know how much first impressions count so try these out next time you get a last second showing. For more information on buying or selling a home in Lynden, WA give me a call. I would be happy to help!