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:
Clean the bathrooms
I hate to say it, but I’ve seen more bathrooms than one should see that are just plain old disgusting. Nothing like previewing a house in a home where the toilet hasn’t been flushed. That’s just downright disgusting and more than enough to turn a buyer away.
If maintaining the bathroom is more work than you’d like to handle on your own, we can discuss ways in which a house cleaner can schedule a deep clean before weekend showings for a few weeks. Just to make sure your house remains in the best light possible when getting the most traffic possible.
I recommend stowing away your toilet brush and plunger, too, and also keeping the seat down ahead of showings.
Some even suggest lighting a candle or plugging in a freshener. Those are obvious options, but I will warn you that scent elements can sometimes be perceived as a cover-up for a stronger smell or odor. So, tread carefully.