Your Home Is In The Market For Sale & You Are Living In It !!!
When you list your house for sale in most cases it means that you are looking to make a change, whether it’s downsizing or getting more space for a growing family. Living in your home while it is for sale is never ideal, but you can ease the burden of keeping your home in “showing” condition by making a few changes prior to putting up the for sale sign.
If you haven’t been through any model homes recently, it might be a good idea to tour a couple just to get an idea of what a perfectly staged home should look like. All the horizontal surfaces are free of clutter, kitchens and bathrooms shine, there are no personal items, floors gleam and windows sparkle. When no one is living in the home this is quite simple to achieve and maintain, but if you are conducting day-to-day life in a home (especially with young children) it becomes more of a challenge.
If you have lived in the home for a number of years, you have probably acquired a lot of “stuff” and have become quite accustomed to looking at it. A great place to start is by sorting through items and deciding what you want to pack away for the new house, what you can donate to local charities and what you can dispose of. Many people are surprised to discover just how much they have accumulated over time and find things they had forgotten about for years. Doing this prior to listing will make the living space look more roomy and will also make moving more manageable.
If you have too much furniture in the family room, too many lamps or tables in the living room or an eating area that looks overcrowded with chairs, you might want to consider getting a temporary storage locker. Cluttered rooms will give your home the appearance of being small and cramped and will likely turn off buyers. If you are unsure about what to leave and what should go, your agent will be able to help you or recommend a professional home stager.
Packing away items that you can live without like extra dishes, seasonal items and personal effects will make more room to hide away everyday items that you want to remove specifically for showings. Clearing out room in the pantry or cupboards will make it easy to place the toaster and dish rack out of sight in a flash. Clearing the bathroom vanity of seldom-used items will provide ample storage for toothbrushes, and other daily use products in quick order.
If your daily routine is just too hectic and leaves your home looking a little too “lived in” it might be worth your while to invest in a cleaning company to keep your home spic and span while it’s on the market.
It is a delicate balance between living in your home comfortably and having it in perpetual showing condition. The best advice is to have a professional, experienced realtor price your home right, and if it shows well the amount of time you will have to live in a house that is on the market will be drastically reduced.