The hard tasks of selling a home—negotiating, advertising, and the like—are left to a real-estate agent. However, homeowners do have to accept the fact a realtor cannot do everything on his/her own. The property owner must lend a little bit of assistance to make it easier to sell the property. Maintaining a presentable home is definitely helpful. Potential buyers do need to be brought to the property for a "showing." A clean property is going to make a good impression. Those who are pressed for time or unable to consistently maintain the look of a property should take a few additional precautionary measures. The measures would support a home's ability to look decidedly impressive and leave a positive impression with the prospective buyer.
Reduce Activities in Rooms
Try and limit activities to as few rooms as possible. More activity in several rooms increases the potential for more mess. Perhaps it may be best to consolidate home office, home entertainment, and lounging activities to one small section of the living room. In the bedrooms, try to only use a small section of the dressers. The less moving and rummaging there is, the less chance there will be to make a mess.
Curtail Cooking Tasks
Frying things on the stove in a big pan of oil could send the hot liquid splashing all over the countertop. A thorough cleaning becomes necessary, or else those surfaces are going to end up looking gross. Constant cooking requires consistent cleaning. Failure to do so makes a sloppy-looking kitchen. And the sloppy look extends to walls, floors, and other areas that have been stained and splashed. Yes, even the ceiling above could look pretty bad. A better plan may be to stick with microwaving, boiling, and broiling approaches to cooking the bulk of the time. Doing so just makes for a far less untidy kitchen.
Restrict Pets from Free Reign
Beloved pets may have enjoyed being allowed to enter and remain in any and every room. All of this unfettered access around the home has to stop once the property goes up for sale. This not to suggest pets have to be locked in the basement 24/7, but they should be kept out of bedrooms, bathrooms, and dens. Cats and dogs leave hair and sometimes a harsh scent. Reducing how much access pets have to a home reduces the trouble they can cause.
These steps might seem inconvenient. Just remember they are short-term inconveniences. Everything will go back to normal upon your moving into a new home.