Vacant homes are tough. Without furnishings, a home’s blemishes are so much more glaring. May I add that ALL homes have a blemish of some sort. Yes, it’s true! Although I believe in staging a home whenever possible, sometimes its just not possible. Maybe you’re moving out of state. Maybe there simply isn’t the money in the budget to afford staging….Whatever the reason may be.

Whenever I can, I’ve been known to stage a home or two with “goodies” from my own house. I have quite the “prop” closet at my house. It has come in very handy and has helped me secure many, many customers.

What do I do when I have run out of goodies? What about the vacant home?? I have a few tricks up my sleeve that I use when I have an unoccupied home.

1) Have the windows professionally cleaned. What a difference!

2) If necessary, have the house detailed. A clean home is a must.

3) Baby oil the stainless sinks. Makes them shine like new.

4) Fabric softener sheets on the furnace filters. Not over powering, pleasant.

5) Run the dishwashers ONCE with powdered lemonade mix. Great for old dishwashers. It smells nice and makes the dishwasher sparkle like new.

6) Put lights on timers. Homes show better with the lights on.

7) Put Polident (yes denture cleaner) tablets in all the toilets. No more yellow ring.

Obviously, these things wont necessary sell a home. However, these things will make a home shine.