Big Changes ... Little Cost
It's the Little Things
Pay particular attention to the view of your house from the street and on the walk up to your front door. Shoes, junk mail, bikes, rubbish bins all detract from the first impression. What you take away is often as important as what you leave behind!
It's All About the Details
Make sure the oven is clean—buyers will be looking everywhere, including the oven and inside the cupboards. Empty your dishwasher, your laundry baskets; the trick is to make yourself invisible. HINT: Put your washing and ironing baskets in the car!
Pets, whilst lovable, should not be at home. Kitty litter, half chewed toys and other miscellaneous items should also be removed. In addition, smells, often created by pets, should be dealt with. Lavender, citrus and jasmine are all scents which can offset pet smells. Essential oils also promote feelings of peace and relaxation, so dab some on the light globes (when they are cold!), to create a wonderful, welcoming aroma during inspections.
Colour on the Bench
Change your toilet rolls from half used to new. It sounds strange, but it will absolutely help create a positive impression in your bathroom—one of the key areas of selling.
Getting in Your Groove
Once you get in the swing of things, keeping your home ready for inspections is easy. By putting things away as you use them and keeping on top of the little jobs, the task will be broken into manageable chunks. You might even want to make a To Do list, so you can tick off the things you need to do each time to be inspection ready.
Pets and young children can complicate the process, but a clean space (for a short time!) is still possible. Google
"keeping house tidy with a toddler" for some great ideas.