A lot goes into both selling and buying a home. Many times sellers list their homes, thinking they’ll have found a new home to move into by the time their current one starts getting offers. The truth of the matter is, it does not always work out that way.
Here are four tips for selling a home that you may still be living in.
1. The house must be ready and staged at all times
It may be difficult to keep your home in tip-top shape while you’re still living in it, but try your best to keep it as clean as possible. Be consistant in your cleaning, and never let your house get too cluttered, because you never know when a prospective buyer will want to come inside. The cleaner a home is, the more likely a buyer will feel at home in it. A messy home is a major turn-off and can ultimately cost you money in the end.
2. Ask for a notice
Make it clear to your realtor that he/she cannot show your house to anyone before calling and letting you know. You decide how much of a notice you need, and then use that time wisely. This will help to ensure that you have enough time to get your home ready for show and to take care of any last minute tasks.
3. Don’t be present for open houses
In most cases, it’s best to leave when you have an open house or a showing. Potential buyers will have a hard time imagining themselves living in your home if they feel as if it still belongs to you. Try to find a quiet place to go to or perhaps hangout with friends and family during this time. Many sellers unintentionally sabotage their selling prospects by sticking around and unknowingly intimidating and scaring away buyers.
4. Put away all valuables
Never, ever, leave important documents and valuables scattered around your house. This is especially true if you know you’re going to have random people walking in and out of your home. You would be surprised at the number of potential buyers who fill comfortable enough to look through your closets, drawers and cabinets. Not everyone is trustworthy, and you should never risk it. After all, it’s better to be safe than sorry.