MAKE SURE IT LOOKS CLEAN
Cleaning seems so obvious, and is inexpensive, but the lack of it is one of the biggest complaints from a potential buyer
Make sure it looks clean. Cleaning seems so obvious, and is inexpensive, but the lack of it is one of the biggest complaints agents hear. Hopefully, you’ve done the big scrub leading up to your open-house day: carpets steamed, floors mopped, windows wiped, appliances scoured. But on the day of a showing, don’t overlook little details like crumbs on the table from breakfast, toothpaste remnants in sinks, half-full trash cans on display and dust bunnies in rooms you don’t frequent. Do a quick walk-through with a duster, reaching into recessed lights and corners, suggests Charlie Buckley, associate broker at Mr. Waterfront Team at Long & Foster Real Estate in Annapolis, Maryland.
Straighten the bedspreads in all the rooms, put away loose shoes in hallways and tuck away pet beds and bowls, Buckley says.
For added visual appeal and a more spa-like vibe, switch to new, clean towels just before a showing, say Liz Larson and Jan Poulain of Perfectly Placed for You in Chelmsford, Massachusetts.
Don’t forget: Wipe down surfaces that people would naturally touch, such as stair banisters, hand rails and items that have inviting textures. “People love touching things. Textures change everything, as they propel people into various good spots in their memories. Candles. Shells. A leafy houseplant that says, ‘Touch me,’” says Mathieu Nakkach, CEO of Signature Stagers in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.