Claire Rainville, Broker Associate, REMAX


If you have hired a realtor to help you sell your home, you have already taken care of a good amount of the job that needs to be done to get the home sold at the right price. There is one important thing that you need to tend to as a seller- that’s getting your home ready to be shown. Once the home is on the market, your realtor will work with you to schedule open houses and times for the home to be shown privately. Whether you only have a few hours or a day or two to prepare for a home showing, there are a few certain areas that you need to tend to in order to help your home appear clean and tidy to impress buyers. 


Sweep Up


It doesn’t take very long to sweep down your hardwood and tile floors. After you do this, run over the floors with a mop to remove any stains that may be present on the floor. 


The Dust Rag Is Your Friend


If you have time, you can do a deep clean of your home. It also doesn’t take a long time to go over the surfaces of your home with a duster. Getting up the dust will not only make your home smell fresher, but it will appear cleaner as well. 


Make The Beds


Your mother told you for years that you need to make your bed in the mornings. She was right. Beds that have been made look much more presentable and homey than rooms with bedding strewn around. If your bedding is looking less than inviting and you have some time before your showing, you may want to pick up some new bedding. The small details are so important when it comes to selling your home, and making the home look inviting is one of them.       


Clear The Clutter Out


Whether it’s piles of clothes on the floor, dirty dishes in the sink, or papers on the counters, clean it up! While you want to give prospective home buyers an idea of what it’s like to live in a place, the home doesn’t need to look “lived in.” Try and get rid of the personal traces that you leave behind as you prepare to sell your home. As a bonus, you should also make sure the trash is empty and fresh. 


Vacuum The Rugs


Running a vacuum over your rugs can really help to freshen the home. If you have pets, this will help remove the odor that animals leave behind. It will also provide a fresh surface for anyone who is touring your home to walk on. 


Turn On The Lights


When you leave the house for a showing or open house, definitely make sure that all of the shades are open and the lights are on. A bright home is an inviting home.      


 


When everything is online, it’s hard to discern when getting up, leaving the house, and checking out a home can be helpful. There’s so much information regarding real estate online; you probably want to pick and choose when and where you go to see a home. Even if you’re nowhere near being able to buy a home, you may want to check out open houses to help you in the future.


Looking at real estate is fun. You can dream of living in a neighborhood on the street you may never be able to afford. There are many advantages to checking out open houses. 


You’ll Understand How Far Your Dollar Will Stretch


The type of home that you can afford, and the type of home you want may not be in the same ballpark. If you take a look at different open houses, you may be able to see where your budget takes you. Even if the market changes, you’ll be able to match your expectations with your wallet. As you know what’s out there, you’ll be able to hone in on what you want in a home. 


From here, it will be easier to work with a real estate agent because you’ll be able to give them a better idea of what you want when the time does come to buy a home. 


It Will Be Easier To Hire An Agent


As you go to open houses, you’ll meet more real estate agents. These agents can become potential hires once you do get more serious about buying.


You’ll See The Market Firsthand


Besides understanding how much house you can get for your dollar, you’ll be able to get an idea of how many buyers are actually out there. If you’re seeing many other potential buyers at open houses, you may be facing quite a bit of competition when you head out to buy a home of your own. When the competition is high, you’re looking at offering above asking price for houses. You could even get into bidding wars. A lot of other buyers doesn’t mean you should back out of buying a home altogether, but just enter the market with caution. 


You Can Discover New Areas


By exploring open houses, you may find a neighborhood that you love that wasn’t on your list before. How can you get to know an area if you have never spent time there before? 


You’ll Learn Where You Need To Compromise


By looking at different houses, you can see the potential (or lack thereof) in many homes. If you can see where you’d be willing to compromise long before the home search is on, your search will be that much smoother   




6 Umbagog Dr, Worcester, MA 01604

Single-Family

$199,900
Price

6
Rooms
2
Beds
1
Baths
Well maintained & updated Gambrel Colonial one block from Lake Quinsigamond Park. Bright & sunny eat-in kitchen with newer appliances, freshly painted interior, new carpeting in living room, bedrooms, and lower level, dining area with laminate flooring with french door to covered patio, living room w/flue for pellet stove & for a home office/computer space, quaint grape arbor, nice level yard partially fenced, detached garage w/opener, off street parking PLUS finished basement with new carpeting (use as office or play room) & laundry room, newer hot water tank, affordable natural gas heating, gas dryer, newer washing machine. Close to UMass & area amenities. Move-in condition! Don't miss this one!! OH - Sun. 11/26 from 12-2pm
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Sunday
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Single-Family

$244,900
Price

6
Rooms
3
Beds
1
Baths
Well maintained and cared for Colonial home situated on .9 acre lot with easy highway access. Beautiful cabinet packed kitchen with oak cabinetry, corian countertops, breakfast bar that opens to dining room with built-in hutch, spacious living room with bay window, 1st floor bedroom or den, cedar closet, huge breezeway with newer carpeting and slider leading to large deck (decking 1 yr) overlooking private back yard with firepit & lots of perennials, newer architectual roof (4 yrs), vinyl replacement windows, renovated bathroom, 2nd floor has spacious master bedroom with two closets, 3rd bedroom, brand new carpet, lots of attic storage (poss. rm for 2nd bath), built-in dressers, 1 car attached garage, walkout basement with full daylight window (future family/game room). A must see!
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