5 Minute Tips for Preparing Your Home for Buyers

Obviously, your home should look at its best when potential buyers arrive. Problem is, time is not always on your side! There may be times when you have only a few minutes to get things ready. What you do with those minutes can mean the difference between an interested buyer and one that crosses your home off the list.


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 the front 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 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.
  • Make your bed! Trust me, there are no buyers out there that want to see an unmade bed. Do yourself a favour and start getting in the habit of making your bed every morning when you get up.
  • Put away personal items. Put family pictures, bills, and other personally identifying information away. Also, don’t forget to turn off your personal computer.
  • Open all curtains and blinds. This makes rooms look bigger and brighter, even at night.


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