People sell their homes for a variety of reasons. Some sell to move to a better part of town, while others sell to avoid a negative situation. When you make the decision to list your home, your daily routine needs to change until you find a buyer, from what you should cook to the regularity in which you clean.
Fortunately, this period is only temporary and whatever sacrifices you make are worth it in the long run. If you make the commitment to list your house, you should do everything in your power to show it in the best possible light. Here are a few things to consider as you balance living in your property while it is still on the market.
Focus on Smells. First impressions for a buyer are critical. It is important to be mindful of how your house smells at all times. When your property is listed, it is best to air out your home as much as you can and focus on positive scents. It is a good idea to avoid cooking foods with strong smells until your contract is signed. You never know when you will get a call for a showing. It is not enough to mask an odor with sprays and candles. This can actually make the smell worse. Keep your house aired out and try to have fresh flowers. A fresh smelling house is a positive first impression that can lead to an offer.
Clean Kitchen.It is not realistic to have a spotless house if you are living in it. You cannot walk behind your kids and pick up every little crumb they leave behind. What you should focus on is the kitchen. Buyers can excuse the toys in the living room or books in a bedroom. What will leave a lasting negative impression is how the kitchen looks. You should never leave your house with the dishes and pans piled up in the sink. Even though this is a portrait of a typical household it is an eyesore. In addition to the dishes you should make a habit of emptying the garbage if it is remotely full. No buyer wants to see (or smell) overflowing garbage in the kitchen. Staying on top of the kitchen can be a challenge but it is important in finding a buyer.
Pick up Front Yard.Any parent knows that picking up after an active child is often a chore. The last thing you may want to do is pick up balls, bats, bikes and anything else your child leaves behind. However, the front yard is literally one of the first things a buyer will see. You need to spend a few minutes every day cleaning up after the kids and making sure the yard is presentable. It is also a good idea to cut the grass more than you normally would and keep the bushes looking trim. A few toys in the front yard may not seem like a deal breaker but why take chances on something that only takes a few minutes?
Declutter.There will be times when it will be frustrating trying to maintain a perfect portrait of your property. Keep in mind that you only need to keep it up for a few more days or weeks until you find a buyer. The little things you do like putting yours or your kid’s clothes in the laundry basket really do go a long way with buyers. You should remove the excess clutter in every room and put the items in boxes and stick them in the attic or the basement for the time being. The more open and clear the rooms are the bigger they will look and the more attractive they are to buyers.
When you list your home, you need to accept that the next few weeks may be uncomfortable at times. When you sign the paperwork at closing it will all be worth it.