There was a great article in the Chicago Tribune Stressing the positive in selling a home, or just plain stressing. The article covers the necessary evil of keeping your home in tip-top shape as you prepare for showings. Gracik Makinney understands that the last thing you may want to do is clean your home, but we see countless instances where homes were either not clean, in complete disrepair, or had a strange odor. Buyers need to see your home at its best. While keeping your home spotless is the ideal situation, there are other ways to make your home showing ready. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when your home has a showing:

  • Clean on a consistent basis. We are not saying you need to have the most sparkling home in Elmhurst, but staying on top of dusting and vacuuming goes a long way and lessens the demand come showing time
  • Enjoy living in your house at its best by not settling for clutter or messes
  • Get a head start on packing by getting rid of your clutter. The last thing potential Elmhurst home buyers want to see is a lot of personal clutter such as your favorite football helmet collection. Pack what you do not need and you will be that much closer to a clutter-free house
  • The stress from selling your home can build up, while not a showing tip, this is a mental health tip…exercise regularly to relieve home selling stress
  • Most importantly price your home at a compelling and neighborhood-appropriate level so as to avoid prolonged market time
  • Finally, remember why you want to sell your home in the first place. Let that motivate you as you clean your home. You’d rather say you did all you could to sell your home than wondering if you did enough.