We had our house up for sale, prior to the holidays. It’s on hold until spring. We’ve been our place for about four and a half years now, and boy with two toddlers, it sure is a tonne of work for repairs and such.
As Auburnchick mentioned, stage the house, like one of those showhomes you visit.
- First off, patch up any holes and repaint definitely well worth it (that is what we did our thanksgiving weekend).
- DECLUTTER & DEPERSONALISE - You cannot imagine how much stuff there is clear … in essence you are gonna be living like you do an a hotel.
Kitchen - remove any and almost everything off the counters, even the dishrack, clear counters equal ample space. If they have a cappuccino machine they can keep it there… just for aesthetics. If they need to eat at home put all dishes to dry in a dishwasher, if they have one.
Dining (if they have one) - They could put out place settings, fresh flowers in a vase.
Bedrooms - Make beds. In the closets clear out as much stuff as possible.
Bathrooms & Ensuite - Put out fresh towels, clear off the counters of everything. Wipe down mirrors, clean the shower/bathtub of any rings.
Floors - If they have hardwood, just to a wash up of the floors. If carpet, remove any stains (spot shot works) or rent a cleaner and get it cleaned.
Windows - Wipe them all down.
I kid you not, it is hard to keep the house in a showhome condition especially with young children. I hope I did not miss anything. Feel free to PM me if you have any more questions.
I wish them luck!