If you plan on living in your home while it’s on the market, then prepare yourself for the constant effort of tidying up.
You may have heard from me by now about how important the first two weeks of a listing really are, but just in case, I’ll say it again.
The first two weeks are the time in which you want to capture as many eyes as possible, draw in showings, and hopefully field some offers. Keeping your home tidy along the way will only increase the chances of those things happening.
I get it. It’s going to be tough. But your home doesn’t need to look like a curated museum as you tidy up for showings. Consider the following:
Dial in on a temperature
Whether it’s the dead of winter or the dog days of summer, I recommend 70 degrees as the hold temperature for a home on the market. Not too hot, not too cold, just right no matter the season.
In fact, it may even help potential buyers if you were able to supply some sort of utilities statement to go along with all of the other marketing materials surrounding your home. This is often times a big question from buyers to their agents, so if you’re able to get ahead of it and give a rough estimate on these expenses, it may help speed up the offer process when they sit down to crunch numbers.
Solar panels are also something to consider. If you own a home with solar panels, try to provide as much information as possible on the leasing agreement, expenses, and/or how much is saved monthly as a result of using solar.