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Once you’ve decided to sell your home, one of the biggest concerns we hear from both home-sellers and realtors alike is the hardship of constantly keeping the home in show condition. Meaning, the home is picked up, clean, and ready to be seen by a buyer at short notice. This is especially challenging if you have children.

The LaForest Team is committed to making the buying and selling process as easy as possible. We’ve talked to the pros and have a few suggestions about the best ways to keep your home in show condition throughout the selling process. Here are our favorite tips to keep your home in show condition:

  • Ask all family members to participate.
  • Create a checklist of what needs to be put away in their rooms every morning.
  • Lightly clean your home every day.
  • Vacuum or sweep
  • Clear all counter tops in kitchen and bathrooms
  • Wash dishes daily
  • Empty trash cans
  • Put baking soda in your garbage disposal
  • Hide laundry in washing machine or dryer
  • Purchase boxes and store seasonal clothing to make the closets look roomier.
  • Purchase plastic bins and store additional stuff under the beds.
  • Lock away your personal and financial papers (or move them to another location).
  • Sweep outside patios and entryways.
  • Water plants/shrubs.
  • Cut the lawn more frequently.

During the selling process, timing is key. Your home must be in show condition at all times. Buyers do not want to wait two days for you to clean up, they usually want to see it the same day they see the listing. As such, your home must always be ready. Having it in show condition, or “show-ready and show-quickly,” with a list of things to do every day during the listing period, will help relieve the franticness of having to clean at the last minute.

Stay tuned to the LaForest Team blog for more tips about the buying and selling real estate process in Northern Colorado. We aim to help realtors and home buyers and sellers alike with the process with information on everything from mortgages to home tips. Contact us for any home buying, selling, or mortgage tips – we’d be glad to help!