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:
Pack Up Those Photos
Personally, I’d just feel creeped out if I had photos up of myself and my family as buyers walk around my home. Photos are just so, well, personal, ya know? Maybe I’m overthinking it, but put it this way: photos of you and the fam aren’t going to help the sale of your home.
Beyond the creep factor, you want to remove your face literally and figuratively from the equation. Buyers want to imagine themselves living in the home. While staging furniture certainly helps a buyer imagine their own furniture in that space, photos up on the walls or on dressers take away from that vision. You’re going to pack up the photos for the big move anyway, right? So why not get ahead of things and pack them up now.