So, you’ve finally got your home on the market and it’s listed for sale. That’s huge! But this can often be a pretty awkward transition time for sellers, with a lot of uncertainty and feeling like a guest in your own home. Put that stress to the side and read on for the best tips for living in a home that’s listed for sale!
Account for Your Pets
With the influx of prospective buyers that will be touring your home, you need to make sure your pets’ toys are cleaned up and out of sight. Get rid of any waste that might be in the yard and crack open a window to let in some fresh air if you need to eliminate that pet smell from your house. Remember, pets odors can become familiar to us and may be much more noticeable to prospective buyers touring your home.
Get Rid of What You Don’t Need
While your house is listed for sale you want to optimize its space, and that means getting rid of the junk you don’t need. Go through your closet, attic, or any place in your house you may have let old clothes pile up, and organize them into garbage bags. Once you’ve done this, find your nearest donation site and give your old clothes away. Not only are you helping someone else in need, but you are decluttering your home and increasing the chances of it selling.
Secure Your Valuables
A home listed for sale could have dozens of strangers coming in and out on a weekly basis. With that being said, make sure your valuables are tucked away in a safe and secure location such as a safe. This is not limited to just your money and prized possessions, but also consider any important medications and documents. You will feel a lot better about leaving your house knowing your important belongings are stashed away securely.
Know the Schedule for Showings
Have an idea of what times you can’t be in your home so you can plan something productive to do in the meantime. Having an activity will make the time go faster and ease the stress of having to vacate your house.
Moving into a new home is an oft-discussed stressful time, but not enough attention is paid to the stress of living in a home that’s listed for sale. Living in a house on the market can be inconvenient and anxiety-inducing. Use these tips to take some control back and provide some structure at a very chaotic point in the home-selling process!