Sell your home FAST by starting with a clean and organized home

Orange Sky
Published on November 10, 2016

Sell your home FAST by starting with a clean and organized home


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In a perfect world, the entire family pitches in every morning to clean last night’s clutter and mess before heading out to work/school. In the real world? Not so much. But when your home is on the market, it’s important that you strive to get as close to that perfect world as possible. A hassle? Oh, yes. Crazy making? Indeed. But we have some tips to help you retain some of your sanity until the house sells.

Start with a clean slate

A deep, deep clean, fresh paint – you’ve no doubt heard it all before. Whether it’s to set the foundation for staging or just to make the home presentable for the market, there’s no getting around the fact that to get what you want for the home, it must be incredibly clean. If you can’t get the job done by yourself, or with help from friends and family, hire someone to do it for you – it’s that important.

The next step in the process of readying the home for the market is, again, a familiar one: depersonalize and declutter. This is the ideal time to pre-pack for the move after the home sells, which, in turn, gives the family less “stuff” to have to pick up before showings.

One of the best places to start is in the children’s room. Pack up some of their toys, especially those with a lot of pieces (LEGO® sets come to mind). You don’t necessarily need to seal those boxes. In fact, if you don’t, you can rotate toys as they tire of the current inventory. Or better yet go to the container store and get yourself so boxes and re-organize those toys and get the kids involved.

Go through the house with a mission: seek and remove anything you don’t use on a consistent basis. Box it up and move it out.

Keep it clean without losing your mind tips

The home is clean and it’s free from clutter. Showings will be a piece of cake, right? Not so fast – you still need to live in the home and, if you have a family, they do to. This means you’ll need to keep on top of the ongoing messes that living in a house creates.

Sure, it sounds easier said than done, but if you create a plan, it will be a lot easier than if you don’t. Each family member should have routine tasks that they perform every morning before they head out for the day. This includes making their beds, picking up any messes they made the night before, ensuring dirty laundry is in the proper place, wiping down the counters in the bathroom after their morning showers and loading the dishwasher.

Evening chores may include sorting and putting away mail and other clutter that has accumulated since day’s end.

The big jobs, such as mopping and vacuuming the floors, cleaning sinks and toilets and folding laundry can be assigned to family members on alternating days. If everyone knows what they’re supposed to do, they’re far more likely to buy into the plan.

Last-minute minute showings tips:

So, what happens if you get a request for a showing between those times that you clean? You know, when you are actually using the home to live in? Ah, homeowners are a crafty bunch and we’ve collected some tips from our clients that are not only rather funny but realistic as well.

“With four kids in the house we go through a lot of laundry,” a client tells us. “There’s usually piles of it scattered through the bedrooms and in the laundry room. I just race through the house, grab it and dump it in the washer and dryer where nobody will see it.”

Others have told us they use laundry baskets or boxes to grab clutter and then put it in the trunk of their car. Yes, even dirty dishes.

When a potential buyer is within an hour of being on your doorstep, prioritize your cleaning tasks, because some are more important than others.

  • Pick up clutter. If you don’t have time to put it away, take it with you.
  • Wash dishes or load them into the dishwasher.
  • Empty all the trash receptacles in the home.
  • Ensure that bathroom counters are free of toiletries and wipe them down. Hang fresh towels and close the shower curtain and lower the lid on the toilet.
  • Vacuum
  • Straighten the linens on the beds.
  • Straighten the sofa cushions and pillows.
  • Open all window coverings to let the sunshine in.
  • Turn on all the lights in the home, even in the closets.

Bathrooms Tips:

We suggest adding new bath matts and towels

Change the lights if they need changing

Change out the mirror if it needs to be updated

Clear out all your regular bathroom supplies and make the bathrooms look inviting, fresh and smelling good.

Candles in the bathroom are a must

Paint if you need to to freshen up and update the look.

Change out the knobs and the cabinet or cabinet doors (this is not as expensive as it sounds). In most cases can be done for under $ 1,000 and it’s well worth it.


Kitchen Tips:

Make sure you put away the toaster and small appliances that could be an eye soar

Paint to brighten up the room and area

Best insider tip – change the knobs or remove the knobs of the drawers and cabinets

Change the lighting if it’s dated to track lighting or hanging pendents

We suggest a great easy tip buy new kitchen towels, a new rug in the kitchen and small updated knick knacks. Target has a great assortment of affordable and matching sets.


If the appliances are old – a tip we suggest is to replace them and watch your money come back ten fold. For roughly $ 1,500 you can replace all the appliances and it will make a world of difference.

Here are some of our favorite appliance dealers:

Landscaping Tips:

This is a must! It’s the first thing buyer’s see when they pull up.

Make sure trees and bushes are trimmed

Cut the grass so its short and nicely landscaped

Add flowers and color to the back and front yard

Make sure if you have dirt anywhere you add rock to cover it up.

** Don’t sell your home if you have no landscaping and just dirt in the back yard!

Quick story:

We took a listing where the seller did not want to put any money into landscaping the yard and the home sat on the market for months. When we finally sat down to explain to our seller that we were sure it was because of the dirt in the back yard they listened and took our advice. We got our Landscaper out there and he put in brick pavers, grass, bushes and a couple of trees. For about $ 2,500 the yard was completely done and it looked so inviting through the windows of the home – it changed the entire look of the house. We ended up selling the house in 3 days……3 days and we had 2 buyers bidding for the house since it looked so great now. The seller ended up taking the highest offer which was $ 10,000 over asking! Now the buyers and sellers were happy.

Should your home look perfect when buyers come calling? Sure it should, but there may be times, such as with last-minute showings, that it won’t be. Don’t stress about it. As long as it is clean and relatively tidy, you’ll be fine.

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