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Here’s how to be inspection-ready all the time

A lot of effort goes into marketing campaigns for your property. There’s the professional photos, the listings in newspapers and online and, eventually, the inspections by potential buyers.

Some home inspections have set times, but it might also happen that your real estate agent calls you to say he’s five minutes away with people who are interested in buying your property. Even worse: he takes people to view your property when you’re not there.

There are a few things you can do to ensure your property is always ready to be viewed by (and to impress) potential buyers.

The basics matter

While it is true that your surfaces probably won’t sparkle as much if you have just a few minutes before people arrive, as opposed to having a day’s notice, there are some basic things you can do to make sure the house is tidy and presentable.

• Do the dishes every evening: It’s easier to rinse two cups, two glasses and four plates every evening, than to dash through the house looking for used mugs and facing a mountain of dishes and a dirty kitchen that needs to sparkle in five. Remember to take out the rubbish before the smell becomes apparent.
• Make the beds ever morning: It really doesn’t take any effort to make the beds in the morning. A bed that is neatly made instantly makes a room look tidy.
• Keep personal effects and clutter to the minimum: If you got rid of personal effects and sentimental items for that first home inspection, it’s easy to keep it that way. Small knick-knacks may mean the world to you, but these distract potential buyers from picturing themselves in the space.

Clean as you go

Nobody’s saying you have to spring clean the entire house every day. Simply cleaning up as you go will keep the house clean, neat and tidy without you even realising you’re doing it.

Wipe and mop up spills, use the toilet brush in the toilet every day, rinse out the basins… all of these things take a few minutes at most, but will ensure that your house is always clean, not just for the day after you’ve done your weekly cleaning spree.

Get tips from the experts

If you had professional photographers take pictures of your property to use for marketing purposes, take a page from their book. Photographers often style rooms and areas in and around the house in a way that is meant to attract the attention of potential buyers. Take a second look at the photographs that were taken and try to style your home in a manner that is similar to the photographer’s.

In the end, it’s the small things that matter. You want potential buyers to be able to imagine themselves in your home, and like everything else, first impressions matter. Just keeping a few small things in check will make it easier to stick to a routine of keeping things tidy and being ready whenever opportunity knocks.

 

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