Saturday, January 13, 2007

A Dozen Quick Fixes or Short-Cuts for Preparing a Home For Sale

by: HomeStaging by Cynthia, Inc.

Crusty stove burner plates.
FIX: Replacements are cheap and look good for showings; keep the old crusty ones to switch out before cooking.

Worn out cabinet hardware.
FIX: If replacing the kitchen hardware, keep the less-worn hardware and switch them out with worn bathroom hardware.

Dingy bathroom floor tile grout.
FIX: Use a scrub brush and Comet—it’ll look like new again!

Stained shower floor.
FIX: After taking a scrub brush and Comet to it, tape the drain closed, add an inch or two of water, add a bit of bleach and swish then let stand a couple of hours.

The dog’s nose prints and a toddler’s hand prints on the front storm door glass.
FIX: Keep the door closed.

Dusty silk trees and greenery.
FIX: Take it outside, aim the leaf blower on it and power on!

Nowhere to quickly stash things before a showing.
FIX: Empty a kitchen drawer or cabinet shelf for daily items.

Wet towels hanging everywhere.
FIX: Hang decorative towels, don’t use them, then toss wet towels into the dryer before leaving for work (if everyone uses a different color towel it’s easier to identify them later).

In the process of getting rid of things.
FIX: Use your car trunk to store items that will be taken to charity.

Keeping up with a clean house for showings.
FIX: Everyone use one shower, preferably one with a shower curtain (you don’t have to squeegee a shower curtain).

You’re dashing out the door for a scheduled buyer tour and discover your child has pulled every toy onto the floor.
FIX: Store many toys behind a closed door or up high where you decide when it comes out for play.

Smudges on the wall paint.
FIX: While Mister Clean Magic Eraser can be a miracle-worker, it can also take off the paint. Apply a little Baking Soda with a wet white cloth and gently…gently… rub off the smudge. Don’t forget to rinse away the powdery residue!

Meanwhile, keep telling yourself, “This will all be over soon… this will all be over soon…”

Let me know how I can make your life easier—I can stage existing furnishings, provide a consult with detailed notes, and/or provide rented furniture/accessories!

Cynthia Black (aka “The House Whisperer”)
HomeStaging by Cynthia, Inc.

“Over 2,500 Homes Staged!”

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“Because the Way We Live in our Home is Different From the Way We Sell our Home.”

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