Tuesday, November 12, 2019 / by Connie Tracy
Are you wondering what is is like to live in your home while you are trying to sell it? Living in for-sale home means frequently having to leave at the last minute for showings as well as keeping your place sparkly clean at all times.
Here are some tips to help you survive the showings when you list your home:
1. Pack it up! The best time to get packing are weeks ahead of actually listing your home in Spokane and the greater area. this will give you ample time to go through things, clear out the clutter, and minimize the amount of stuff you'll have to deal with. The goal is to get as much as possible out of your home before showings start so that your potential buyers are not overwhelmed by the stuff later on.
2. Toss or donate! Spend sometime looking through your belongings and get rid of everything you no longer want or need. Try to donate as much as you can, then toss the rest. Don't forget to clean out the refrigerator and pantry. Yep, buyers totally look!
3. Find a safe spot for valuables! When selling your home, you don't know who is coming through, so it's important to stow away the valuables, important documents, and medicines. Lock them up somewhere safe for the duration of your home being on the market. This will give you a sense of security and peace of mind as you continue showing your home.
4. Make it sparkle! You will want to do a major deep cleaning before pictures are taken. After that, just maintain it. Every night before you and your family go to bed, tidy up, and make sure everything is put away. Don't let the clean get away from you, the last thing you want to do is rush around like a mad man when a buyer schedules a showing. Additionally, if you know you are going out of town for a lengthy amount of time, leave the house looking show ready.
5. Provide boot scootin booties! Since we are talking about keeping it clean, the weather is turning to the chillier side and with that comes... mud and grime. You don't want strangers tromping through your clean home with their muddy shoes, so leave a basket with the fancy booties there by the door with a friendly note. Just know that some people won't use them, but at least they are there for those that will.
6. Request 1-2 hours notice before showings! You want to encourage everyone to come see your home, but that doesn't mean driving yourself crazy. Ask your Realtor to give a certain amount of time before showings. Will this always happen? Probably not. You'll still get the last minute showings. This could be plenty of time to do anything that your need to do, but its not that much time that buyers will just move onto the next home.
7. Pet Plan! Have a plan for your pets. Please do not leave them at your house. If you have showings scheduled, take your pets with you. Get this plan in place ahead of time so you're not scrambling at the last minute. Don't leave the pet beds, toys, and litter boxes out for everyone to see. Eek!
8. Make a show prep checklist! Yay! Checklists! Make a checklist of everything you want to do for your show prep including- fluffing pillows, open all the blinds and curtains, turn on all the lights, turn your fireplace on... if you can, put away family photos, and more. Being able to quickly check off the boxes will help you ensure that you have done everything you need to do to make your home look its best for every showing.
9. Listen to the feedback! Take all the feedback you receive... the good, the bad, and the ugly and think of steps you can take to improve the situation. The more you respond to the feedback, the better you will be set up for your home to sell.
10. Finally, take a deep breath.... Nobody ever said living in a for-sale home is a piece-of-cake, but it is part of the process you have to get through when selling a home. You will get there! Meanwhile, follow these tips to help alleviate some of the stress.