The next paragraph really says it all in regards to “Less is More”.

ELIMINATE CLUTTER: Not only is clutter unattractive, It’s distracting to the buyers and to some OCD people, like myself, could put a co-bash on the potential sale of your home. Clutter is time-consuming to sort through and expensive for you to move. If you have a lot of stuff, collections, and family mementos, you would be better off renting a small storage unit for a few months.

KEEP, DONATE, THROW AWAY: Go through your belongings and put them into one of these three baskets. You’ll receive more in tax benefits for your donations than pennies on the dollar at a garage sale. It’s faster, more efficient and you’ll help more people.

REMOVE TEMPTATIONS: Take valuable jewelry and collectibles to a safety deposit box, a safe, or store them in a secure location.

REMOVE BREAKABLES: Figurines, china, crystal, and other breakables should be packed and put away in the garage or storage.

BE HOSPITABLE: You want your home to look like a home. Stage it to show the possibilities, perhaps set the table, or put a throw on the chair by the fireplace with a bookmarked book at the table.

HAVE A FAMILY PLAN OF ACTION: Sometimes showings aren’t convenient. You can always refuse a showing, but do you really want to? If you have a showing with little notice, get the family engaged. Everyone has a basket and picks up glasses, plates, newspapers, or anything left lying about.

GET IN THE HABIT:  Wash dishes immediately after meals. Clean off countertops. Make beds in the morning. Keep pet toys and beds washed and smelling fresh.

CLEAN OUT THE GARAGE AND ATTIC: Buyers want to see what kind of storage there is.

Here is a five minute clean up essential for last minute showings.

Get your baskets and clean up the clutter, check for hazards on the floor, like toys. Make sure large toys including bicycles are put away. Put pets in daycare, sleep cages or take them with you. Some buyers have allergies so if you are caging your pets please make sure the listing agent has this information to notify the showing agents and their buyers. Turn on the lights so buyers can really see, open the drapes.

Give the buyer privacy: the buyer can not come to your home without being accompanied by an agent. The buyer can assess your home more honestly without your presence.

I hope you found this information helpful. Thank you for reading my blog and as always, your comments and suggestions are welcomed! Thanks, Lori Killen




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