Preparing Your House–Interior
If you get the buyer into the house, it is important to make their visit as pleasant as possible–and that means having the whole house ready. You want them to be as comfortable as possible, and to linger in the home. A “turn off” will send them scurrying quickly to the next house on their list!
2.If you normally use a back or side entrance to your house, pay particular attention to the front entry. You rarely see it but this is where the buyers will enter!
2.If bookshelves, curio cabinets, and the like are overflowing with books and knick-knacks, remove some of them.
2.Keep furniture at a minimum but make the room look like a comfortable place to spend time.
2.Clean or replace the stove hood filter. This is often overlooked, usually dirty and greasy, and looked at by a lot of buyers.
3.Clean cabinet faces. Make them shine!
4.Remove all clutter and unnecessary items from countertops and clean all countertops and backsplashes thoroughly.
5.Clean vinyl or ceramic floor.
6.If you have ceramic tile elsewhere in the kitchen, pay particular attention to the grout–make sure that it’s clean. If it is discolored, there are “grout whitening” products that are available.
2.Arrange or remove furniture to maintain good traffic flow through rooms. Remember, there may be three or four people in each group that walk through your house.
2.Clean all ceramic tile. Check the grout for cleanliness and deterioration.
3.If faucets drip, fix them.
4.Thoroughly clean sinks and tubs. If rust spots are on the porcelain, attempt to remove them.
5.Remove any evidence of mildew from the shower and bathtub. Products are available that spray on and quickly kill the mildew.
2.Give prospective buyers room to move around. Clutter…well, you know the drill!
2.If floor has oil marks, clean it (cleaning solutions are available at most home improvement stores and work with a normal garden hose).