Ready to show your home? You’ve followed all the tips about staging–packed away the clutter, simplified the furnishings, organized, arranged, worked on the curb appeal and spiffed up the back yard. But how are you going to live there with potential buyers coming through?
Here’s some good advice to keep you and your family sane while you present an appealing home to buyers.
Set a Schedule to Show Your Home
There’s no such thing as an ideal time to clear out while your agent shows your home, but some times are better than others. It depends on you, your family and how you live. Let your agent know which times work best and which are “blackout” times in your schedule, like when your kids need uninterrupted homework time at home.
But make room for flexibility. Ask your agent to call you if a motivated buyer wants to come by in your undesirable hours. Could you make advance arrangements with a relative or friend to take the kids, if need be? Or, if you work late and like your mornings to yourself, be prepared to give this up when you have to. A serious looker may want to see what the neighborhood is like at various times of the day (and night). Working out an exception to your schedule could help sell your home.
Keep a Checklist of the Get-Ready Routine
• Lighting: Open all the window coverings and turn on the lights.
• Bathroom detail: Place all bathroom items into drawers, put out fresh towels, wipe the mirrors, sinks and counters with alcohol-water solution.
• Kitchen: Put dirty dishes in the dishwasher and run it; wipe counters and sink; sprinkle cinnamon on a cookie sheet and warm it in the oven for an irresistible aroma.
• Give every family member a job from the checklist, or an area to get ready. That way you won’t run around like the Keystone Cops, knocking into each other.
• If you absolutely can’t leave, make yourself scarce–leave the buyer plenty of room. You want buyers to picture it as their house and your presence will distract them.
Sure, it takes some work to show your home. So keep it as painless as possible; establish a routine. Follow that routine, and you’ll sell your home faster.