Showing Your Home While Still Living There
Posted June 08, 2014


If your house is on the market and you're still living there, your goal should be to always have it ready to show any time the realtor calls with a possible buyer. So how do you live there and show it at its best, even on short notice?

Stage your house to show, reminding yourself that the buyers are looking for a home they can imagine themselves living in. Take room-by-room inventory, removing things that don't necessarily have to be there. The more open space, the less cluttered the rooms look.

Delegate all cleanup chores to individual family member. This will make it easier to clean and straighten the house when a call comes in about a showing. If they seem reluctant, remind them of the better home that's coming next. If you have taste specific collections on display, you may want to go ahead and pack them away. Be sure to label boxes so that you don't have to unpack them before moving.

If your realtor calls and there isn't time for the cleanup you'd like to do, go ahead and show the house anyway. In the time that you have before they arrive, do all that you can, starting with the worst areas first. If a buyer is truly interested in your house, they should be able to overlook a little clutter.

Posted By: Michelle Keaton-Barrow
June 08, 2014 09:05 PM




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