Congratulations, you’ve entered a new and exciting stage of life! You’ve put your home up for sale and are looking forward to finding the next place to live. But wait- now there are showings scheduled, photoshoots, inspections…how do you live on top of all of that? Don’t worry, we have compiled a few tips on how to stay comfortable living in your current home while selling it and looking for the next one.
Start packing before you even list it.
Once you give your realtor the go-ahead on placing your home for sale, things can move pretty quickly. Start clearing the clutter around your home so it is ready for listing photos and showings. Everything you can live without needing to access immediately, such as off-season clothes or seasonal decor, should be stored away in the garage or attic so it’s easier to move when the house sells. This is also a good time to toss or donate the things you don’t need so you can avoid bringing unnecessary clutter into your new home.
Find a safe spot for valuables.
You never know who might be coming through your home during a showing, so it’s best to exercise caution and safely stow away your valuable items. Fine jewelry, prescription medications, important documents and other items you don’t want to lose should be stored in a cabinet or drawer with a lock, or packed away and ready to move.
It’s definitely tough to keep a lived-in home in showing condition, but it is necessary and will help your potential buyers make their decision quicker when they can walk through an uncluttered home. Wash dishes and put them away right after you use them, make the beds every morning, and try to vacuum at least every other day. By maintaining things as you go, you’ll be less stressed and won’t have to panic-clean when someone asks for a showing.
Provide booties for guests.
While this may seem a little silly, it will make your life easier and is a good extra precaution to take in 2020. Having people walk through your home with dirty shoes puts extra work on you to keep cleaning every day. By having a box of disposable booties at the door, you can help protect the floors from scuffs and debris that may be tracked from the outside.
Pack a bag for quick exits.
There may be times when you get showing requests on short notice. In this case, it’s good to have a bag close to the door that you’re ready to grab with essentials you may need while you’re out. Things such as laptops, tablets and spare keys should be in your bag should you need them while you’re out or if you have multiple showings back-to-back and need to get work done. If on-the-fly showings aren’t for you, request a minimum notice such as 2 or 3 hours from your realtor.
Make arrangements for pets.
If you have furry family members in the home, you’ll need somewhere for them to go during showings. If you know you’ll only be out of the home for a short amount of time, maybe you can plan to take your dogs to a dog park. If you have cats or smaller dogs, ask a trusted neighbor or friend if they’d be available for pet-sitting during showing times. Be sure to declutter pet items when you’re preparing for showings as well- a potential buyer doesn’t want to trip over a pet toy.
Take a deep breath, relax, and have confidence that your realtor will help the process go as smoothly as possible. It may not be easy to live in a home that is listed but by taking preventative measures in cleanliness and having plans in place, you’ll be a pro in no time.