Money Making Tips

You're Showing Your House In a Minute:
Quick Hiding Places

What do you do when your realtor calls and wants to show your home in say, ½ an hour? Jump for joy first, since someone wants to look at your home, right? Then, panic. As you hang up the phone, you notice that your teenagers have been at it again… your house is clean, it’s just not tidy. Now, what do you do?

Since we all know that the first impression is important, especially if you want to sell your home in the next decade, we have a few tips that will help you quickly hideaway “stuff”. But first, you have to know where the buyers are going to look, and ensure that these places are constantly tidy. Places that buyers will look include the oven, any closets, kitchen drawers, laundry room, and the kitchen pantry. Think about it, these places give them an indication, essentially, of how much storage space there is. If they’re overflowing, the buyers will think there just isn’t enough room to store their own things, since obviously you don’t have the space.

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So, what you need to know is… at the last minute, where can you hide things?

1.) Under the bed it’s spacious, easy to get to, and no one in their right mind would get down on their hands and knees to look there during their first visit.

2.) In the washer and dryer who hasn’t seen the commercial where a little kid has stashed a pet in there? We don’t recommend putting your pets in there, but clothes and shoes and stuff can easily fit. Although buyers like to look in the laundry, to see the size and neatness, they won’t be looking to see if you actually have things in there.Our caution is to let everyone in the family know that it’s a hiding place, and to never start the machines without checking the contents first.

3.) In the refrigerator this is risky, you know your kids are going to be in and out of the fridge – and how embarrassing would it be to have a shoe fall out? On the other hand, if you’ve just walked in from the grocery, you can certainly stash the entire grocery bag in there, until you’re ready to unpack it and put things away neatly.

4.) Behind the couch that is, if the couch is against the wall. We all know that things get trapped there anyway, so it could be a quick opportunity to drop a toy or wayward socks for a quick fix.

5.) In the trunk of your car your garage or carport needs to be tidy. if it isn’t garbage day, yet you have bags lying around, drop them in. skateboards and roller blades are a hazard anyway, so drop them in too.Nobody has a right to check in your vehicle, take advantage of that fact!

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