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How to Clean Up Your House Before Your Agent Lists It

No matter what time of the year you’re planning to sell your home, you need to clean your house before agent listing. Most of the agents need your home to be spick-and-span, worthy of advertising.

Here’s a checklist on how to prepare your house for listing:

1. Clean, clean, clean.

Dust the top of the fireplace mantel. Include dusting the fan blades, faucets and polish your appliances. Thoroughly wash the windows. If you’re too busy to do the cleaning, consider hiring a cleaning service to come over every couple of weeks.

2. Pay close attention to smells.

One broker at Wright Kingdom Real Estate in Boulder, Rachel Weinberg, advises not to cook your bacon in your home the day of the showing. “Although it might taste great, the smell is strong and lingers for a long time. You don’t want your home to smell like a fast food restaurant!”

3. Clear out the clutter.

Banish the piles of shoes from the entryway. Get rid of the stack of mail from the kitchen table or doorstep. Take away anything that detracts from your home’s perfect features. You need your buyers to focus on how gorgeous your place is, not how messy it looks.

4. Repaint the walls neutral colors.

As much as you love your dramatic pink dining room, it couldn’t be the case with your buyers. Repaint your rooms with neutral colors like whites and tans. The tones may help your buyers to focus on the spaces themselves, not with the colors of the walls.

5. Keep the décor simple.

To help your possible buyers imagine themselves in your space, you need to get rid of anything that might distract them. Put away your art decors or other decors that might turn off other people. Your buyers might have different taste. A classic landscape painting? That’s fine. Your polka dots leather couch? You might want to hide that at the moment.

6. Get rid of personal items.

Remove anything personal. Family photos or your kid’s artwork? These items will only keep your buyers from envisioning themselves in their tentative new place.

7. Let there be light!

Let the natural light in by opening all windows. Add table or floor lamps to corners that are dim. A cheery and bright room may look bigger and more inviting.

8. Bring nature inside.

A few pretty buds in a vase or potted plants may help bring energy into space or draw attention to features that you want buyers to notice. Make sure your plants are in excellent condition!

9. Get rid of bulky furniture.

Get rid of any oversized items that may make your space look smaller than it is. Your furniture should go with the scale of the room.

10. Organize your closets.

Invest in some boxes or dividers. Opt for solutions that may help your stuff look organized. Storage space is a huge selling point, and you don’t want to miss the chance to impress your buyers. Remove extra items you don’t need and don’t stuff your closets to the brim.

11. Tackle that honey-do list.

Set aside a weekend to fix that leaky faucet and tighten those loose doorknobs. Do them now or miss the chance of getting to do them. All those little things you’ve meant to do but never had the opportunity? Your buyers will notice them. Do them now or never.

12. Do a faux ‘renovation.’

Little tweaks may mean a big difference to the overall feels of the room. Is your kitchen a little outdated? You may replace the fixtures, hinges, and faucets. Family room furniture is beaten up? Consider throwing a slipcover on it.

13. Give each room a purpose.

That spare room you’ve been using as a guest room or storage space won’t sell unless you show your buyers how to utilize them. So pick smart ideas and think how to showcase your concepts to your prospective buyers.

14. Turn the bathroom into a spa.

Create the feel of the comfortable and relaxing bath, for less than $30. Stack a few pretty washcloths that are tied with ribbons. Add faux plants and scented candles. Buy bath mats and towels in coordinating tones.

15. Close the toilet!

When it comes to showcasing your home, this little trick can make a surprising difference.

16. Turn the living room into conversation central.

Help buyers picture themselves relaxing with their friends and family by grouping your furniture. Put them together in a way that inspires conversation.

17. Keep the flow going.

People bumping into furniture might be the last thing you want to happen as they tour around your home. Do a dry run! Act as if you’re seeing your home for the first time. Tweak things that might interrupt the ‘flow.’

18. Make something yummy.

Realtors don’t serve fresh cookies at open houses for nothing. The ‘homey’ smell like baking bread or cookies may help people connect with a kitchen. Are you not a baker? Light some scented candle and your problem is solved.

19. Make it look ‘lived in’ with vignettes.

Add deliberate vignettes that showcase how your home can be lived in. This trick will help your buyers imagine themselves living in your beautiful space. Throw in an inviting armchair and a tray with a coffee cup. Leave an open book in the empty corner. Pretty soaps on a decorative plate make also make your tiny half-bath more appealing.

20. Highlight focal points.

Draw your buyer’s attention to any particular features with accents like plants or bright colors. A pop of red pillows along with a lovely window seat may do the trick. A striking fern on the mantle can highlight your fireplace.

21. Boost the curb appeal.

A buyer may decide not to go on a tour of your home due to the unappealing curb. So don’t spend all your time indoors and start making your home’s exterior more attractive. Adding a row of potted plants along the walkway can make a big difference. Some people spend more time judging a house by its outside appearance.

How to make your house appealing before your agent lists it shouldn’t be as tedious as it sounds. Knowing where to put your effort can save you energy. You can use these pieces of advice and impress your buyer!