Consumer Advice

Easy Ways to Keep Your Home “Ready to Show” when Listing Your Home for Sale.

So, you’ve listed your home for sale — or maybe you’re thinking about it.

I’m sure one of the questions that you may be asking yourself is…

“How do I keep my home clean and ready to show to buyers—while we are still living here?” 

Here are a couple of tips from the pros…

  • Ask all family members to participate.
  • Create a checklist of what needs to be put away in their rooms every morning.
  • Lightly clean your home every day.
    • Vacuum or sweep
    • Clear all counter tops in kitchen and bathrooms
    • Wash dishes daily
    • Empty trash cans
    • Put baking soda in your garbage disposal
    • Hide laundry in washing machine or dryer
  • Purchase boxes and store seasonal clothing to make the closets look roomier.
  • Purchase plastic bins and store additional stuff under the beds.
  • Lock away your personal and financial papers (or move them to another location).
  • Sweep outside patios and entryways.
  • Water plants/shrubs.
  • Cut the lawn more frequently.

When a potential buyer wants to view a home, they usually want to do so right away — and not 2 days from now!

Having it “show-ready and show-quickly,” with a list of things to do every day during the listing period, will help relieve the franticness of having to clean at the last minute.

What other things would you like to share about how to keep your home show-ready?

Realtor Advice

Why You Should Let the Neighbors Know When You List a Home for Sale

So, you’ve listed a home.

The neighbors are curious.

But do you realize that the surrounding neighbors could not only be your “eyes and ears,” but also help you sell the home?

A top real estate agent suggests that you meet the neighbors.

Here’s what she does—

  • Introduces herself and provides them with several flyers. Interior pictures of the home. The sales price.
  • She gives them her business card and contact information.
  • She asks them if they have any friends or relatives who might like to move into the neighborhood.
  • If the house is vacant, she asks them to report any problems—like maybe the lights get left on or a window is broken.

Here’s the thing.

Usually, when a home is listed and sold, and based on the selling price, there tend to be other homes in the neighborhood that go up for sale. Why not be the real estate agent they know (because you have introduced yourself) to list their home?

Additionally, potential buyers sometimes talk to the neighbors to ask about the area, the activities, the schools.

Being pro-active and sharing this information will help you sell the home quicker.

Question: Do you meet the neighbors when you list a home?

Realtor Advice

Questions to Ask the Seller About the Neighborhood

So, you’ve listed a home in a great neighborhood.

Have you ever thought about putting together a questionnaire for your sellers entitled:

“What’s So Great About Your Neighborhood?” 

When buyers view a home, they often ask about the neighborhood. This is a great tool that you can provide to the buyer’s agent when they request a showing.

Here are some of the questions to ask your seller. Ask them to complete.

They may not be able to answer all of them, but they can leave some blank.

  1. What would you say about your neighbors?
  2. What community events occur throughout the year?
  3. What local shopping is available nearby?
  4. What are the schools in your neighborhood area?
  5. What are some of the best restaurants for breakfast, lunch and dinner?
  6. Is there access to public transportation?
  7. Is there a local park, playground or dog park?
  8. Is there a community pool or fitness facility?
  9. What is the crime rate in your neighborhood?
  10. Where are the medical clinics and hospitals located?
  11. What’s available nearby for entertainment (movie theaters, nightlife, children activities)?
  12. What other towns are nearby?

Remember that buyers are not just buying a home. They are buying into a lifestyle and a neighborhood.

It’s one of the keys to getting your listings sold.

So, what else would you add to this list?