I walked though a tour home today and was really surprised at what I saw. This home was not ready to show. Beds were unmade, there was toothpaste in the sink. Cosmetics were scattered around on the dresser and make up table. One bedroom had the video game and corresponding cables on the floor – presenting 2 problems, one of unsightliness and being a trip hazard. If your agent allows you to show a home in this condition, they need to be fired. It is imperative that the place be spotless everyday. The old saying is as true now as ever, "you only get one chance to make a first impression". If a buyer sees that your home is unkempt and messy, that's all they see. You are not showcasing your home's best features, only your lack of housekeeping.
The market is changing and buyers are buying again, but that doesn't mean that you can't strive to be the best home out there. You never know when a buyer will want to look and you have got to be ready. Keep the house clean, have your agent conduct a pre-inspection with a licensed home inspector, have professional pictures taken, consult with a staging professional – put your best foot forward. Be the home that stands out. You'll be pleasantly surprised by how quickly it will receive an offer and how much higher that offer usually will be.
If you're thinking about selling, give me a call to discuss how to make your home stand out in the crowd.