Here are some things you can do to help your home look its best in just five minutes or less:
- Put away coats, hats, and shoes. Clean up, especially around the foyer. You don't want clutter to be the first thing a buyer sees.
- Turn on all lights and lamps. A home that is bright looks larger.
- Put on some soft music. Easy listening is the best choice. Don't play rock or jazz music because some people might dislike it. Think elevator music.
- Make sure the toilet lids are down. Even when a washroom is sparkling clean, a raised toilet seat gives the impression – however incorrectly – that things are less than hygienic.
- Relocate the pets. Put pets in the backyard or basement, or at least segregate them in a separate room. Better still, take them away from your home entirely.
- Close the garage doors. Most garages don't look great on the inside.
- Hide the waste bins. Keep them out of sight.
- Wash the dishes. If possible, don't leave them on a drying rack.
- Put them away. Put away personal items. Put family pictures, bills, and other personally identifying information away. You want the buyers to visualize themselves living in your home, not you.
- Open all curtains and blinds. This makes rooms look bigger and brighter, even at night.
Give Buyers the Red Carpet Treatment