When I was in the navy and especially at a school or onboard the USS JF Kennedy, we were required to keep our workspaces and our appearance “inspection Ready”. It was tough, it meant doing somethings that you didn’t really want to do, when you didn’t want to do them. For me it meant clean shaven everyday. Bed made every day. Boots shined everyday. The engine room on the Kennedy was a show piece and needed to be ready to receive visitors, VIP’s and dignitaries everyday. Clean, no oil or grease, all the equipment running smoothly and so on. Our goal was to be 4.0. That is ship shape and ready for duty. Nothing less was acceptable.
I was reminded of this while staying with my mother this summer and readying her house for sale. What a pain. While it was on the market, we had to remain “at the ready” for any potential buyer. Even if there was no scheduled showing for the day. And when there was a call to have a buyer come through and “inspect”, oh man did we scramble. Scrub, tuck, shine, hide. The house needed to be ready! In the long run we found it easier to get in the habit of cleaning each day, putting things away and making the beds (this is a good idea anyway) .
It was a pain, I admit, to have to remain at the ready while selling Moms house. It gave me a new insight and appreciation for what we ask our clients to do everyday.
when the opportunity comes to have a prequalified buyer come across the threshold to essentially eliminate or select your home, we need to put our best foot forward and be ready to receive a 4.0! Bribe the kids to pick up their room each day, put the pillows the way you see on Pinterest, have all the appliances clean and in working order and keep the place inspection ready for all types of visitors and VIP’s (Very Interested Purchasers)
With the right price and our marketing plan, our goal is to get you moving and into your next home with as much enthusiasm as you started with and get you “squared away”.