Tips on Selling Your Home While Living in it
Tips on Selling Your Home While Living in it
By: Tanya Torres
When you hear that someone is selling their home, you don’t necessarily think about whether they will be living in the home while it is on sale or not. Although it is not something that is brought up in conversations, people do sometimes still live in their homes when they list their house for sale. It might be unheard of but it is something that does occur quite frequently, which is why we have some survival tips for those who are living in their for-sale property.
There is a reason why every real estate agency recommends clearing out all clutter way before your home goes on the market. The reason why is because it makes it easier to pack up and leave when it finally does go on sale. This is the time when you will be either putting items away to move with you, donate or sell. Your goal right now is to remove as much stuff from your home as possible before you begin having your home showed off. It also makes it easier for you if you’re planning on living in your home while it is on sale.
Toss, Sell or Donate
After you pack up everything, you can start having yard sales and donating the items that do not sell. This is perfect especially because you will be making money that can be stored away for a rainy day or for any surprising repairs you need to make to your home. This is a win/win scenario that can really be beneficial for you and you have the opportunity to help a lot of people who are in need of items when you donate. You can even donate items in your pantry at a food bank so you can make your pantry as sparse as possible.
If you have children then you know that they have hundreds of toys scattered all around your home and even outside. While you are packing up, you might want to store away the majority of their toys for the time being until your house gets sold and you are in your new home. This will make it easier for you especially if you have a last minute showing. You won’t have to run around trying to clean up all the toys if there are only a few of them to keep your kids occupied and your sanity intact.
Safe Place for Valuables
Storing documents and valuables in a convenient and safe place is really important, especially when you’re dealing with something as chaotic as selling your home. When you are living in a home that is for sale, there will be a lot of foot traffic and you never know who will be going through your house which is why we recommend for you to put valuable items, documents and even medications away in a safe place that locks. You can also keep the key with you in your wallet, car or on a key ring to have peace of mind that no one can enter into that locked place while you are away.
Cleanliness is Key
Keeping your house clean is very crucial because your home will be photographed for the listing sheet. It is also important because it makes the potential buyer feel comfortable and it is easier for them to picture living there when it does not look like someone is currently living there. Instead of holding off on washing your dishes, making the bed, dusting and vacuuming, you will have to immediately start picking up after yourself as soon as you wake up to ensure all the clutter is to a minimum. You can even create a chart so the whole family can do their share just so you can keep up with the demand of showing your home during the sale.
When your house is squeaky clean, the last thing you want to happen is for a person to walk in with dirty shoes and mess up all your cleaning progress. To avoid this, you can provide a basket of booties with a sign on it so the person or people can put them over their shoes to avoid making a mess. Although some might ignore your small request, most won’t ignore it because it is the polite thing to do. It also shows the potential buyer how much effort you are putting into keeping your home clean.
Having to leave your home at a moment’s notice can become stressful especially if you are not prepared to leave for however long you need to for a showing. This is why we recommend packing a bag near your door so you can grab it and go to avoid being in the way while the realtor is showing your home. You can put things like your tablet, laptop, spare keys and other essentials while the showing is happening.
You really want to sell your home, but being too flexible with last minute showings can drive anyone crazy, especially when you have to frantically clean and leave before the buyer and the agent shows up. You can avoid all that stress by requesting a certain amount of time before the next showing. You can ask to have a two hour heads up before a showing happens. By doing this, it gives you plenty of time to declutter and prepare to leave before they show up.
Your house is finally on the market, you have everything packed away going to their rightful place (donations or storing away for later use) and you just need to figure out your pet situation. Your pets are your family and the idea of having them stay with anyone else can be difficult. But having them with you can be hard, especially when you are attempting to sell your home while you are living in it. Some buyers may be allergic to them, others might not be fans of pets and can feel uncomfortable. You want to make a sale and the best way to do that is to either take your pets with your while your home is being shown to a potential buyer or get a pet sitter. This will help tremendously. Lastly, be sure to declutter pet stuff.