Five tips to help you continue to live in your for-sale home.
How do you continue living in your home if it’s for sale? It’ll be a little nutty; agents and buyers will want showings at all times of the day, so you need to be ready. Here are five tips to help you prepare for this living in your for-sale home:
1. Start packing now. Before the showing process begins, one of the best things you can do is declutter your home. Gather the things you aren’t using regularly and store them in either the garage or basement, if possible.
2. Store, sell, chuck, or donate. You have to pack anyway, so take this opportunity to get rid of things you don’t want. Decide what items are worth selling or donating before just throwing them away.
3. Get squeaky clean. If a buyer walks through a home and it’s not clean, they’ll think bigger things are wrong with the house. Taking the time to thoroughly clean before showings can get you an extra $5,000 to $10,000 for your sale.
“Agents and buyers will want showings at all times of the day, so you need to be ready.”
4. Maintain privacy and safety. It’s crucial to make sure valuable or dangerous items are not accessible. Buyers will be opening drawers and closets and looking behind the scenes. Safely store away anything that’s important to you.
5. Involve your kids. If you make a game out of keeping their toys picked up and preparing the house, it’ll make your life much easier when a buyer makes a last-minute request to see your home.
Moving is never easy, but hopefully these tips take some of the stress out of it for you. If you have any questions about this topic or selling your home, please give us a call or send an email. Also, reach out if you have a topic you’d like us to cover in a future blog. We look forward to hearing from you.