5 Tips for Living in Your For-Sale Home

These five tips will help you live in your home while it’s for sale. 

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Here are five tips to help you keep living your life in your for-sale home and keep things less hectic:

1. Start packing now. Packing and storing boxes in the basement or garage is completely acceptable. You want to open up as much space as possible and emphasize floor space and square footage. The larger your home feels, the more money you’ll get. Buyers will truly appreciate this touch.

2. Sell, donate, or throw it away. While you’re packing, try getting rid of things you don’t need. If you haven’t touched an item in a year and it’s not an heirloom or a memory, it’s time to say goodbye to it. Try to donate items that are still in good condition. 

3. Get squeaky-clean. A clean, cared-for house can net you $5,000 to $10,000 more from your sale. Shoot for five-star hotel perfection when cleaning, and focus on bathrooms, the kitchen, windows, and floors. Just make your home sparkle!

"The larger your home feels, the more money you’ll get."

4. Maintain privacy and safety. Buyers will look through your closets and other areas people typically wouldn’t see, so make sure there’s nothing valuable or personal anywhere that they could find. If you’re unsure about an item, be on the safe side and lock it away somewhere secure. Of course, this includes, medication, jewelry, etc. 

5. Involve your kids. Nothing is better than involving your kids in the selling process, and the easiest way to get them involved is through games or a reward system so they help you clean the house and prepare it for showings. You won’t believe how motivated kids can get when there is something fun tied to a chore. 

If you’d like to know more about these tips or have any real estate questions at all, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’d love to hear from you.