Quick Clutter Fixes For Unexpected Showings

Declutter-Real Estate Showing ready

When you have to continue living in a home at the same time you are trying to sell it, keeping it ready for a showing at any time can be a challenge. This challenge is doubled when you have children in your home. You want to be able to accommodate a showing whenever possible in order to get your home sold quickly, but when asked to let people in unexpectedly, getting things in order fast can be a challenge. Here are a few simple tips to get ready for a showing in a hurry!

Keep Some Drawer Space Free

Keep a drawer in your kitchen as empty as possible so that it can be a catch- all for the clutter that is hanging around, including unopened mail, pens and pencils, and other general kitchen clutter. When you need to pick up in a hurry, simply open the drawer and toss in whatever will fit. This can clear off your countertops in a hurry and make your kitchen ready for showing.

A Few Smart Hiding Places

Pick up a few storage ottomans and place them strategically around the house—in the entry, at the end of the hall, in the living or family room. When you need to clean up quickly, simply lift the lid and hide your clutter inside. People coming to see the house aren’t going to open them, so you don’t have to worry about filling them with all of the random clutter that can accumulate during the day. You can simply fit them into your home décor and they won’t be noticed at all.

Under bed storage bins are another quick and easy place to hide clutter fast. Slide them out and fill them with anything from that load of laundry you haven’t had time to put away to the kids’ toys in their bedrooms. Then slip them under the bed and no one will be the wiser.

Clutter has a way of building up in any home, but when you are trying to sell and need to clean it up fast, it’s a little more than a nuisance. Be prepared ahead of time by keeping your clutter hiding places ready to go, and you won’t ever have to stress about an unexpected showing again. 

Joe Schutt

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Boston Shines 2013

Boston Shines

Boston Shines 2013

Don’t forget the eleventh annual Boston Shines is this Saturday, April 27th. Volunteers come together to participate in a citywide clean up event. Sweep, rake, collect trash and help make our community more beautiful.

Volunteer for Boston Shines 2013 now by calling 617-635-3485, or email BostonShines@cityofboston.gov

In Beacon Hill the clean up is between 10 am and 1 pm. Cleaning materials will be distributed at the Phillips Street Playground and outside Charles Street Supply. Besides sweeping sidewalks, activities will include mulching the playground and removing debris from lamp posts. Call 617-227-1922 for more info.

In Back Bay interested parties are asked help out between 9 am and noon. Interested volunteers are asked to gather at the Clarendon Street playground at 8:30 am. Email parnell3@verizon.net for more information.

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Safety Tips For Your New Home

When you first move into your new home it is a good idea to take care of a few small things that can make a big difference when it counts.

  1. Change the locks on all your exterior doors. Unless your house is brand new you never know how many strangers may have a key to your front door.
  2. Replace the batteries in all the smoke detectors in the house. Record the date in your calendar so you will remember to do the same thing next year!
  3. Unless your heating/air units are new, have the vents and filters cleaned or replaced.
  4. Create a fire-hazard plan with your family and conduct a practice drill with the children.
  5. Replace or clean the exhaust hood filter above the range.
  6. Check all your electric outlets for loose-fitting plugs, as these can pose a fire hazard. These outlets are inexpensive and fairly easy to replace.
  7. Have the fireplace chimney cleaned. While you are at it go ahead and install a rain cap and a screen to keep the birds out of your chimney.

Joe Schutt

Committed to representing your interests with the highest level of integrity, I am dedicated to service excellence focused on personal attention and building a solid trust relationship. I listen carefully and make my clients feel comfortable in exploring their full range of real estate options and then encourage them to relax and rely on my expertise to insure that the details run smoothly and efficiently. Google+

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