Tips For Still Feeling At Home When You're Selling (And Showing) Your House

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When you are ready to sell your home, it can feel frustrating to continue to live in your residence when you are ready to move on. Talk to your real estate agent about any questions you may have about staying in your home while keeping it ready for frequent showings. They can help ease you through the process of placing real estate for sale.

After all, having people come in for showings of your house can make you feel as though you need to keep things less personal and consistently tidier than usual. However, this time of your life can continue to be rewarding, productive, and joyful. Here are a few ways you can still feel at home when you are regularly showing your home.

Tip #1: Make Your Bed First Thing in the Morning

When you have a busy lifestyle, you may save things like making the bed for later in the day, or it can sometimes get missed altogether when nobody else is going to be seeing your bed except you and your spouse. If you regularly have showings of your home, though, you can save yourself time and frustration by making the bed right when you wake up. That way, if you later need to show the home, that's one thing off the to-do list. If you don't, you still have a made bed and cleaner bedroom to enjoy.

Tip #2: Have a Small Box at the Doorway of Each Room

Although you may want to keep personal items to a minimum every time you show your home, you don't have to sacrifice enjoyment of your belongings while you wait for your home to sell. Instead, have a small, easy-to-carry box at the door of each room. Sit out photos and personal items you want to have surrounding you. Make sure you don't set out more than you can fit in the box.

When you learn that you may have a home showing that day, you can quickly gather those personal belongings and put them in the small box. Have a closet or other designated place where you can easily place the boxes for each room. That will empower you to enjoy your stuff without cluttering how your home has been staged for potential buyers.

Tip #3: Designate One Play Area for Your Kids

All parents know that keeping homes tidy with kids can feel like a losing battle even with the help of professional cleaning services. If a maid service isn't in your budget, give yourself a break and designate a certain area for playtime while your home is for sale.

Your children will still get the freedom to just be kids and make a mess when it's a part of their playtime, yet restricting it to one area during the home-selling process can make it manageable even on days when there are showings of your house.

Finally, keep in mind that the process of showing a home to multiple sellers when you're still residing there may feel like you're going through scary, uncharted waters at first. It won't take long to get adjust and still enjoy being a resident of your home as you go along the path of selling it. Try to savor the moments left in your house and encourage your family to do the same, since you know that moving to a new home where you can make great new memories is on the horizon. 

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21 March 2017

Sarah's Renting Tips

Although I've never worked professionally in the real estate business, I sure know my way around it. How, do you ask? Well, I have simply rented a lot of different places and worked with a lot of different landlords and real estate agents. In the past 7 years I've lived in 11 different houses or apartments, none of them my own. In finding those 11, I have looked at literally hundreds of apartments. I used to hate house hunting, but now it's kind of fun. You just need to know what you want and the right questions to ask. Hopefully this blog can help you learn some of the tricks of the trade from another renter like yourself.