5 Tips for Living in Your for-Sale Home
How can you continue to live in your home after you’ve put it on the market? Your house is your sanctuary, but now that it’s listed for sale, you’ll get a slew of foot traffic. This can be very stressful and make it difficult to continue living your regular life, especially if you have young children. So here are my five tips to help you live in your for-sale home and keep things a bit less chaotic:
1. Start packing now. Packing and storing boxes in the garage or basement is entirely acceptable, and I always recommend it. We want you to open up as much space as possible and emphasize floor space so the house feels bigger. The bigger it feels, the more money you’ll get.
2. Sell, donate, or throw away. While you’re packing, try to discard things you don’t need. If you haven’t touched an item in a year and it isn’t an heirloom or memory, my advice is to part with it. Try to at least donate items that are still in decent condition.
3. Clean the house. A clean, cared-for house can net you $5,000 to $10,000 more on your sale. Shoot for five-star hotel perfection, and particularly focus on the bathrooms, kitchen, windows, and floors. Make it sparkle! I honestly recommend hiring someone to do a deep cleaning because you aren’t going to have a ton of time before buyers want to get in and see the home.
4. Store personal and valuable items. Buyers will be looking through closets and other areas where people wouldn’t generally look. Maintain privacy and safety by ensuring there’s nothing personal or valuable anywhere people could find it. If you’re unsure about an item, be on the safe side, and lock it away somewhere secure. This advice includes medications.
5. Involve your kids. Nothing is better than having your kids be a part of your selling process. The easiest way to get them involved is through games or a reward system so that they’ll help you clean and prepare the house for showings.
If you’d like to dig deeper into the above tips or have any questions about real estate in general, please shoot me an email or give me a call. I’d be glad to help in any way I can.