1. Do not forget to mow your lawn, weed the garden, and pick up junk lying around outside. It may seem like a little thing, but it makes your house look poorly maintained right from the sidewalk. Blatant signs of disregard generally don't bode well for the rest of the tour.
2.Do not tidy away everything you own. Yes, you should definitely tidy up and put anything embarrassing away, but don't get rid of everything. It makes the house look kind of naked, and makes it feel less homey. (Especially don't put everything in a storage container on the driveway; if the house hasn't got room for your stuff, what makes me think that it'll have room for mine?)
3. Do not assume that people won't look there. People are going to look everywhere. Yes, it's a pain in the butt, but you need to clean your fridge out, organise your cupboards, and not leave buckets of visibly dirty underpants out.
4. For the love of god, do not leave fecal matter in your toilet. I would have thought that one was obvious. Apparently not. In fact, clean it and leave the water all soapy and blue; that way you'll also be discouraging strangers from using your toilet.
5. If what you have in the basement is a stained toilet in the corner with no walls around it, and capped pipes sticking out of the wall that allow for the possibility of a future shower, do not refer to it as a "two piece bath". Enough said, I think.
Last, but not least:
6. Do not tell people coming to view the house that you'd like them to leave a phone number "for security purposes, like, in case things go missing." That's really off-putting.
|Seriously. Clean it.|