When we sold Aaron’s house a year and a half ago, the home was more or less empty. We spent a lot of time getting the home show-ready up front (like updating the bathroom, putting in faux wainscoting), but once it was ready, it stayed ready. There was no one there to mess it up!
We don’t have that luxury in this house. We feel a little like the Bluth’s living in our showhouse… careful not to mess with any of the staging or getting anything dirty. Everything has become 1000% more fragile. All of this is aggravated by a really awesome thing: showings have been coming fast and steady. We live in a constant state of clean, cleaning and prepping to clean. No complaining here… just stating the facts!
To help us keep our home show-ready, we threw together a task list. These are the things that must be completed before every showing, if possible. We’re strict about it, but we’re not crazy about it. Here’s the list, which we keep copies of so we can mark out as we go.
- De-poop the backyard
- Sweep the backyard patio
- Clean up any debris/trash in the front yard and street
- Water the mums
- Empty the kitchen and bathroom trash
- Make sure closets are clean and organized (we learned the hard way)
- Make the bed
- Dust and wipe down all surfaces
- Light a candle (our favorite for this time of year is Yankee Candle’s Autumn Wreath)
- Heat foil-wrapped cinnamon in the oven at 250 degrees until oven is preheated, then open the oven door (the smell is amazing!)
- Remove any clutter from countertops, office desk
- Set up “info station” with seller disclosure, listing flyer and fact sheet
- Make sure toilet lid is down
- Store dog bowls and dog food
- Hide any unfolded laundry
- Remove any bath mats and accent rugs
- Clean and shine up the floors
Floors are a big deal to us. We want them to SHINE during showings. I think we have baggage as pet owners, where a normal, not-on-the-market day around here means dog hair on the dull floors. Here’s how we approach our floors for showings.
First, we vacuum them. This removes the hair so that we can get to the shine part. We’ve gone through a ton of mops: the Swiffer WetJet, the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser mop, the wet tshirt draped over the Swiffer duster mop, etc. The mop we are loving currently is the Libman’s Freedom Spray mop.
We love it for a couple of reasons, First, the Libman’s mop has a refillable chamber you can fill with whatever you want… your solution, their products, whatever. This is where I give the side eye to the WetJet, which makes you use their solution. On the Freedom mop, no batteries are required (it sprays via hand pump) AND there is no need to spend money on expensive mop head refills… side eye to you Magic Eraser Mop with your $11 refill heads! It is so easy to just throw the fabric mop head in the washer.
I thought I would show you our floors pre-scrub with the Libman’s mop and multi-surface cleaning solution.. Not too bad, but a little dull too.
Here’s the after (wet)….
And here they are afterwards totally dry… no streaks, no hair and a lot of shine.
So yea, if you need me these next few weeks, I’ll be here.
Keep your fingers crossed for us as we work through these showings. Hopefully one of these appointments will be the ONE!
Libman’s provided free product to me to try. Because I was pleased with the product and its effectiveness, I decided to write this post. I love this mop, no doubt.