How to Prep for a Last-Minute Showing

Decluttering is one of our top recommendations when you’re preparing to sell your North County home. After all, you want any potential buyers that tour your home to be able to imagine themselves living there. When your home is stuffed with personal items, that can be a challenge. But even if you’ve cleared away nearly all your personal belongings, it can be tough to keep your home looking show-ready if you’re also living there during the sale. That’s why we’re sharing our top tips for how to get your home looking its best even if you only have a few minutes to spare before a showing.

Get ahead of the game

Trying to show your home while you’re living in can be stressful. That’s why we recommend getting ahead of the game. Before listing, you should clean and declutter. Pack up personal belongings and put them in storage, only keeping what you need on a daily basis. This will make it so much easier to keep your home clutter-free during the duration of the selling process. Create daily habits that will also make your life easier, such as making your bed and opening the curtains every morning. This will give you a few extra minutes should you get a call for a last-minute showing. Those precious minutes can save you a lot of stress.

Clean quickly

Have cleaning wipes handy so you can easily spotclean kitchen and bathroom counters. Quickly wash any dirty dishes in the sink or load the dishwasher. Take out the trash. Then walk through your home to check for personal items that should be removed during the showing.

Keep empty boxes at the ready

As your walking through your home looking for stray clutter, it’s helpful to have an empty box or bin at the ready. That way you can just toss these items in your box and stash them in a cabinet, the attic, or any other out-of-the-way place. You can also simply toss them in the trunk of your car when you leave for the showing. We recommend having a couple empty containers on hand for this purpose.

Know what to do with sensitive items

There are certain sensitive items you may have that you can’t keep in storage while you’re selling. This could include medications, financial documents, passports, or even valuable jewelry. Determine a safe place where you can keep these items during a showing. You could tuck them in a locked drawer or even get a small safe for this purpos. When it doubt, these items can also be taken with you when you leave. Better to be safe than sorry.

Contact the Clark & Gilman Team today

Are you ready to sell your North County San Diego home this year? Then contact the Clark & Gilman Team at 760-758-1211 or [email protected]. We’ve been helping people sell their North County homes for decades and we’d love to help you sell yours!

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