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:
Knock out those small repairs
This is often the one met with the biggest amount of resistance, but equally important when it comes to marketing your home. When I say repairs, I mean everything from swapping out the broken light bulb, to tightening up the leaky faucet.
The goal here is to give buyers no reason to think the home they’re buying isn’t up to snuff. As far as sellers should be concerned, eliminating small items that buyers can nit pick along the way, or worse yet, insist on a price reduction or credits, should be the real focus on these small jobs. Fix it now, save yourself the effort (or money) later, and hopefully speed up the sale process, too.