Try to donate as much as you can and then recycle or toss the rest. And don’t forget to clean out the fridge and pantry, too (yes, buyers totally look there). Find a local food bank and drop off all the unopened, unexpired food you don’t want anymore.
Pack Before Your Home is on the Market
Clear the clutter! Pack away what you know you do not need and get it out of the house. The goal is to get as much as possible out of your home before showings start so that you and your potential buyers are not overwhelmed by clutter later on.
Find a Spot for Safekeeping Valuables
Put away important documents and prescription medications. Find a safe or lockable drawer and keep these items there while your home is on the market. Keep the key in your wallet or on your normal key ring, and not in the house itself.
Keep It Clean!
You’ll need to do a major deep clean before having pictures taken for your listing. After that, it’s just a matter of maintaining the same level of cleanliness. A messy, dirty, or cluttered home is a big turn off for buyers.
Remove any evidence of the life you’ve lived in your home. Potential buyers want to be able to picture themselves living in your home and are unable with your photo memories lingering on the walls and side tables.
Make Yourself Scarce
When buyers come to look at your home, don’t hover over them. That might make them even more uncomfortable than seeing your personal effects around the house. Use that time to take the kids to see a movie, or head down to the local coffeehouse to catch up on work emails.
Request 2 Hour Showing Notice
You want to do everything you can to encourage buyers to come in, but that doesn’t mean driving yourself crazy. Two hours should be plenty of time to do anything that you need to do, but it isn’t so much time that buyers might decide it’s not worththe wait.
Have a Plan for Pets
It's best not to have your furry companions home during a showing. Find a trusted neighbor or friend to watch them during this time or take take them with you. If that's not possible, try looking into a sitting service or dog walking service. Make sure and develop your plan as soon as possible so you're not scrambling at the last minute. Also, remember to declutter your pets items such astoys and food bowls.
Listen to Feedback
Living in a home while it's for sale can be frustrating if it doesn't sell quickly. Don't be discouraged! Listen to all feedback received, criticisms and all. If possible make those changes. The more you respond to feedback, the better you’ll set up your home to sell.
Make a Showing Prep Checklist
Make a checklist of everything you want to do for your show prep, including (but not limited to) fluffing pillows, opening all blinds, turning on all the lights, lighting a fire in the fireplace, and hiding away family pictures. Being able to quickly check off the boxes will help you ensure that you’ve done everything you need to do to make your home look its best for every single showing.