Keep Your Home Ready to Show with These 4 Tips

As a seller, you have to be able to get your home looking fantastic at the drop of a dime if an interested buyer schedules a tour. And unless you have the time to constantly clean, keeping your space prepped for showings might seem like an endless (and stressful!) ordeal. Luckily, we have a few tips that can help you avoid any pre-showing panicking.

The Easiest Ways to Stay Ready for Showings

The biggest secret to keeping your home ready for buyers is to do most of the work ahead of time. It might be tempting to put off cleaning or wait until the last minute to add your finishing touches, but all that procrastinating can easily backfire right before a showing! Here are some easy ways to keep your home looking spotless at all times…without any added headaches.

Declutter and reorganize

Decluttering a living room

Before you even think about listing, take some time to declutter and reorganize your belongings. This can help decrease the amount of stuff you have to put away before a showing, as well as reduce how much you’ll pack when you inevitably move. Remember, you want buyers to focus on the best parts of your home, not your clutter.

Not sure where to start? Try sorting your possessions in “keep,” “donate,” and “throw away” piles so you can narrow down what you really need. And if you have items that don’t get used every day that you’d like to keep, you can always rent a storage unit until you move into your new place.

Do an initial deep clean

Cleaning a kitchen

After you’ve thoroughly decluttered, you’ll want to do a thorough cleaning of every single room in your home, including your closets. It might seem like a lot of work at first, but it’ll be worth it when you don’t have to completely scrub down your house each time a buyer comes knocking on your door. Don’t shy away from getting into every nook and cranny—you want everything to look perfect!

Many professionals recommend using the top-to-bottom and left-to-right rule. That means starting by cleaning things up high, such as ceiling fans and bookshelves, and ending with your floors and carpets. Going from left to right can also keep you on task and make the entire process go by much faster.

Have a routine for tidying up

Making a bed

Let’s be honest—if you have kids, pets, or actually live in your home, it’s not easy to keep it looking like a showroom at all times. Establishing a regular tidying routine can help you maintain that initial deep clean you did before listing. Assigning tasks—like making beds or vacuuming the floors—to everyone in your household also allows you to divide and conquer!

To minimize the amount of cleaning you have to do, consider keeping some rooms that you don’t use off limits. You can even designate a certain area, such as an ottoman or a storage bin under a bed, for everyday clutter that needs to be hidden right before a showing.

Create an escape plan

Family on a walk

Keeping your home ready for showings is only half of the battle—you also need to know where you and your household will be going before the buyers show up! Not every tour is conveniently timed, so you’ll want to have a few options in place for different times and days of the week. If you have kids or pets, don’t forget to make arrangements to accommodate their needs, too.

Don’t know where to go? Try using your time to run errands or plan some fun (and practical) outings with your kids, like an outdoor study session or afternoon at the pool. Your furry friend can also be included in the fun—just head to a pet-friendly park for a little sunshine and fresh air!

Want to Get Top Dollar and Sell Fast?

Selling your home might seem difficult, but working with the right agent can make all the difference! We’re ready to help you navigate every step of the selling process, so just give us a call at The Bouma Group, Realtors to see what we can do for you. 734-761-3060 or info@bouma.com

113 9th Street, Ann Arbor MI Old Westside Home

113 9th Street, Ann Arbor MI 48103

New Listing! Totally updated home on the Old West Side that includes more living/recreation space over the garage. Features include:

  • 1248 square feet, plus 800 in the finished bonus room, 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths.
  • Hardwood floors throughout the first floor with tile in the main level bathroom.
  • Kitchen is renovated with sharp white cabinets, granite counters, stainless appliances, and a breakfast bar separating it from the living room.
  • Huge garage/barn has parking for 3-4 cars and an amazing heated loft that includes a sauna!
  • Fantastic location is within walking distance of downtown.
  • More photos and features
  • Listed for $449,000

For more information for 113 9th Street or to schedule a private showing, contact the Ann Arbor Real Estate specialists with The Bouma Group today at 734-761-3060 or info@bouma.com.

507 Heritage Drive, Ann Arbor MI Condo at Heritage Ridge

507 Heritage Drive, Ann Arbor MI 48105

Just Listed! This condo, located in the desirable Heritage Ridge community, won’t last on the market long! This ranch style unit offers:

  • 1652 square feet, with an additional 1080 in the finished walk-out lower level, 3 bedrooms and 2.1 baths.
  • Situated in a private setting near Gallup Park, the Huron Hills Golf Course, the Huron River, and the University of Michigan hospitals and campuses.
  • Gleaming hardwood floors throughout the vaulted living room, formal dining room, hallway, and study.
  • Finished lower level features a large recreation room, 2 bedrooms, a full bath, and walks out to the screened porch with skylights and a ceiling fan.
  • More photos & features
  • Virtual tour
  • Listed for $449,000

To request a private showing or more information for 507 Heritage Drive, contact us at The Bouma Group, Realtors at 734-761-3060 or info@bouma.com. See photos and amenities for the Heritage Ridge condo complex here!

Geddes Lake, Ann Arbor Condo Report

Geddes Lake Condo Report – June 2020

Geddes Lake is the perfect Ann Arbor condominium for those who lead active lifestyles and enjoy the outdoors. Currently, there are 7 condos listed for sale and so far this year 7 have sold.

Condos for Sale:

  • $239,000. 650 Peninsula Court, Ann Arbor. 1516 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 2.1 baths. Sale Pending
  • $235,000. 676 Peninsula Court, Ann Arbor. 1152 square feet with 2 bedrooms and 1.1 baths. Sale Pending
  • $228,800. 682 Peninsula Court, Ann Arbor. 1152 square feet with 2 bedrooms and 1.1 baths.
  • $222,000. 671 Watersedge Drive, Ann Arbor. 1260 square feet with 2 bedrooms and 1.1. baths.
  • $220,000. 608 Peninsula Court, Ann Arbor. 1152 square feet with 2 bedrooms and 1.1 baths. Sale Pending
  • $217,500. 774 Watersedge Drive, Ann Arbor. 1208 square feet with 2 bedrooms and 1.1 baths. Sale Pending
  • $213,000. 3149 Lake Haven Drive, Ann Arbor. 1152 square feet with 2 bedrooms and 1.1 baths.

Cambridge, Ann Arbor Condo Report

Cambridge Condo Report – June 2020

As one of Ann Arbor’s classic brownstones, Cambridge has both beautiful interiors as well as landscaping. Currently, there are no homes listed for sale and so far this year, 2 have sold.

Condos Sold in 2020:

  • $266,000. 2950 Signature Boulevard, Ann Arbor. 1400 sq. ft., + 174 in the finished lower level; 2 bedrooms and 2.0 baths.
  • $250,000. 2932 Signature Boulevard, Ann Arbor. 1473 sq. ft., + 200 in the finished lower level; 2 bedrooms and 2.0 baths.

Last year at Cambridge, 7 condos sold with an average sale price of $262,214 and an average price per square foot of $189.11. The 2 condos that have sold this year have an ASP of $258,000, down slightly, and an A$/SF of $179.86, down 4.9%. If you would like to learn more about the listing and selling activity at Cambridge, contact the condo specialists with The Bouma Group at info@condohotline.com or (888)581-6923. Find more information about Ann Arbor condominiums here!

1505 E. Stadium Blvd., Ann Arbor Home in Burns Park

1505 E. Stadium Blvd., Ann Arbor MI 48104

Just Listed! Shiny, clean and ready for new owners, this Burns Park home is freshly painted in neutral colors throughout. Details include:

  • 1599 square feet with an additional 360 in the finished lower level, 3 bedrooms and 1.1 baths.
  • Gleaming hardwood floors throughout the living room with fireplace, dining room and all 3 bedrooms.
  • Spacious kitchen has lots of cabinets and stainless steel appliances.
  • Finished space in the lower level is a great family or rec room.
  • More photos and features
  • Listed for $414,900

For more information or to schedule a private showing for 1505 E. Stadium Blvd., contact the Ann Arbor Real Estate specialists with The Bouma Group at 734-761-3060 or info@bouma.com today. View photos and amenities for the Burns Park neighborhood here!

5435 Urbana Drive, Brighton MI Custom Home in Walnut Hills

5435 Urbana Drive, Brighton MI 48116

New Listing! The in-ground pool awaits your summer fun at this gorgeous custom home with all of the extras. Features include:

  • 4100 square feet with an additional 1700 in this finished, walk-out lower level, 5 bedrooms and 5 full baths.
  • Exquisite custom molding, wainscoting, and built-ins throughout.
  • The formal dining room shares a double-sided fireplace with the breakfast area and kitchen.
  • Sizable master bedroom suite is highlighted by a tray ceiling with a fan, cozy fireplace, incredible walk-in closet, and lavish bath with dual vanities, a spa tub and separate shower.
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  • Listed for $645,000

To request a private showing or more information for 5435 Urbana Drive, contact us at The Bouma Group, Realtors today at 734-761-3060 or info@bouma.com.

1509 Golden Avenue, Ann Arbor Home in Burns Park

1509 Golden Avenue, Ann Arbor MI 48104

Classic Tudor style home with tons of charm and character in the coveted Burns Park neighborhood. 1509 Golden Avenue features:

  • 1761 sq. ft., +1001 in finished lower level, 3 bedrooms, a study, and 2.1 baths.
  • Hardwood floors, built-ins, arched doorways, and coved ceilings.
  • Living room has a cozy, stone fireplace and large picture window.
  • Spacious master bedroom suite with a private, spa-like bath.
  • Brick paver patio looks over the completely fenced back yard.
  • More photos and features
  • Virtual tour
  • Listed for $535,000

To request more info for 1509 Golden Avenue or a private showing, contact the Ann Arbor Real Estate specialists with The Bouma Group today at 734-761-3060 or info@bouma.com. Learn more about the Burns Park neighborhood here!

Warner Creek, Saline Real Estate Update

Warner Creek Real Estate Report – June 2020

This family friendly Saline neighborhood includes a community park with great schools nearby. Moreover, the homes of Warner Creek are nicely built offering master suites and attached garages. Currently, there are 4 homes listed for sale and so far this year, 5 have been sold.

Homes for Sale:

  • $349,500. 1420 Eastwood Circle, Saline. 1722 sq. ft., + 450 in the finished lower level; 3 bedrooms and 2.1 baths. Sale Pending
  • $315,000. 1302 Warner Creek Drive, Saline. 1522 sq. ft., + 750 in the finished lower level; 3 bedrooms and 3.0 baths. Sale Pending
  • $299,900. 1145 Henlon Circle, Saline. 1992 sq. ft., + 676 in the finished lower level; 4 bedrooms and 2.1 baths. Sale Pending
  • $299,000. 6301 Robinson Lane, Saline. 1388 sq. ft., + 1364 in the finished lower level; 3 bedrooms and 3.0 baths.

2758 Whispering Woods Drive, Ann Arbor Home at Walnut Ridge

2758 Whispering Woods Drive, Ann Arbor MI 48103

Featured Listing! Custom finishes throughout this stately Walnut Ridge executive home. Features include:

  • 4152 sq. ft., plus 1457 in the finished lower level, 5 bedrooms and 4.2 baths.
  • Elegant crown molding, diagonal maple wood flooring, tray ceilings, and 2-story maple surround fireplace are just a few of the custom finishes.
  • Desirable first floor master bedroom suite with 2 walk-in closets and a lavish bath.
  • Lower level is finished with a family room, kitchenette, exercise area and half bath.
  • More photos and features
  • Virtual tour
  • Listed for $995,000

To request a private showing or more information for 2758 Whispering Woods Drive, contact the real estate specialists with The Bouma Group today at 734-761-3060 or info@bouma.com. View photos and amenities for Walnut Ridge subdivision here!