House Straightening Techniques for Immediate Showings

Sometimes we real estate agents need to show a home for sale in Sylmar in a matter of a few minutes. While I always try to give a Sylmar homeowner several hours notice to prepare, there are times when buyers are on a tight schedule and need to see the home “right now.”

Here are a few tips for homeowners with homes for sale in Sylmar for those last minute home showings:

Your tools:
– Disinfectant wipes
– Air freshener
– Window/mirror cleaner
– Paper towels
– Large plastic trash bag
– Vacuum cleaner 

Get into high gear immediately (you may sweat a bit on this one if your place isn’t already “leave no trace” clean for showings. Remember, your goal is to sell the house in Sylmar or the San Fernando Valley!  Using my guideline below, a 3 bedroom, 2 bath house should take no more than 39 minutes to prep for potential buyers:

1. Do the Bathrooms
Remove clutter from around the sink. Wipe everything down with a disinfectant wipe.  Clean mirror with paper towels. Spray air freshener and close the door.  Allow 3 minutes per bathroom.

2. Do the Kitchen
Clear countertops. Put all dirty dishes in the dishwasher. If need be, stack items in the sink. Wipe countertops with disinfectant wipe. Remove dirty pots and pans to the oven (few buyers will actually open the oven or dishwasher on the first visit). Allow 7 minutes for the kitchen.

3. Make the Beds
The biggest eyesore is an unmade bed, so make sure all beds are straightened and made. If you have clothes and stuff everywhere, shove all of it under the bed.  Close closet doors. Spray air freshener. Allow 3 minutes per bedroom.

4. Clear the Living Room/Family Room
This means removing all non essentials and clutter (clothes, dirty dishes, shoes, toys or video game set ups). Straighten magazines and newspapers. Wipe off tables with a disinfectant wipe. Spray air freshener. Allow 4 minutes.

5. Take out the Trash
Take a big plastic trash bag and dump trash from all rooms. Replace plastic liners, if used. Spray with air freshener. Allow 3 minutes.

6. Vacuum Paths of Foot Traffic
You’ll need to vacuum carpeting, wood or tile floors at least in the front entryways and main walking areas. (If you have pets that roam, you cannot skip this step!) Spray air freshener. Allow 10 minutes.

Extra time?
Open windows, turn on lights.
Wash off outside entry, porch and walkways with garden hose.

Remember, clutter free is better than perfectly clean. The “big picture” overall impression is more important than whether the windows are sparkling clean (although it helps!).

Be sure to call me if you are interested in buying or selling a home in Sylmar or the San Fernando Valley, or if anyone you know wants to buy or sell a home. Thank you!

Ms. Jacky Walker
Realtor – DRE License #01124140
Century 21 All Moves
11011 Balboa Blvd.
Granada Hills, CA 91344

Cell: 818-970-1286

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One response to “House Straightening Techniques for Immediate Showings

  1. during the recession, there were so many home for sale near our area at bargain prices`:*

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