You only have one opportunity to make a great first impression, but you also are living in your home. I completely understand this. After you have taken the time to declutter and depersonalize your home, I will have a professional photographer take pictures to showcase your great home. When the photographer has sent me the photos, I will send them to you. This is so you know how your home looks in pictures, and also how your home looks “Camera Ready”. Please use these photos as a guide of how to maintain your home.
Because decluttering and depersonalizing your home is a process (emotionally, mentally, and physically) I recommend you do as soon as possible. Especially with books and shows like Mare Kondo’s Tidying Up, it is definitely possible to let go. I also recommend that you take down all family photos, names, trophies, report cards, and anything that the buyer can identify you as. Not only is this for privacy, but this is also important for the buyer to envision their own lives in the home.
Before your home is ready to be on the market, we need to also discuss showing instructions. How much notice do you need? 1 hour? 24 hours? The easier you make the showing instructions, the easier your home will be able to be shown. You also have you think about your family. Especially with your child’s nap schedules and having the pet situated so they don’t escape. This is one of the reasons why we need to communicate. Some days are going to be easier to show your home more than others.
One way to maintain your “Camera Ready” home is to wake up 30-60 minutes early. By doing this, you have extra time in the morning before you go to work to double check your home. As you do this more periodically, you may find that you need to adjust the time based on your family’s needs. May mornings are more hectic. In that case, I suggest before going to bed, make sure your home is ready to be shown.
Here are some ideas to quickly get your home “Camera Ready”
- Put dirty dishes in the dishwasher.
- Wipe down counters.
- Make the beds
- Remove used bathroom towels and replace with clean ones.
- Put down toilet seats.
- Take out the garbage.
- *If you have time, vacuum floors.
I completely understand that it is going to be work to maintain a clean home. This is something you will have to do EVERY SINGLE DAY. However, you want the potential buyers to focus on your great home. I do believe in you, and I am looking forward to working with you!