How to Live in Your Home While It’s on the Market

Posted by on Sep 12, 2014 in Organization, Real Estate, Tips | 0 comments

Homeowners looking to sell usually face the tough task of not only getting their homes ready to go on the market, but also keeping them in “showing” condition once it has been listed. It is a delicate balance to have your home showing in its best possible light while also living there comfortably. If your home is priced right and shows well, the amount of time you need to live in your “for sale” home should be minimized. Below are some tips to make living in your home bearable while it is on the market.

Start packing, organizing and discarding now

To make moving easier, go through the garage, attic, boxes and old cabinets early in the process and clear out the things you don’t need. Doing so before you list will help create more space and will also making moving more manageable.

Invest in a storage unit

If you have too many pieces of furniture in the living room, too many chairs around the kitchen table or extra dressers in the bedroom, take them out and put them in storage. Cluttered rooms turn off potential buyers and can make spaces appear smaller. If you’re uncertain about what should go where, ask your Agent to help or bring in a home stager for advice.

Kitchens, bathrooms and main living spaces matter

Kitchen counters should be as empty as possible when showing. If you can take some of the dishes, plates or small appliances you don’t regularly use out of the cabinets or the pantry, you will make room for the items that need to be hidden for a showing. The same holds true for the bathroom and living room. Clear out the vanity and make room for your daily products. Buyers don’t want to see your “stuff.” They want to imagine themselves living there. Again, less is more.

Make a plan for showings

If everyday life leaves your home looking a little too lived-in, you may want to increase the number of times you clean during the week or invest in a cleaning company to do it for you while your home is on the market.  Ask your agent to try to schedule showings during specific time frames, but be as accommodating to potential buyers as possible. You can then prep your home prior to the designated showing times.

Take away advice

Don’t list your home if you truly are not ready to sell.

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