How to Live in Your “For Sale” Home

Living in a home that's for sale doesn’t have to mean living in a nightmare. Here’s how you can manage the situation.

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Quite frankly, one of the hardest things to do in real estate is to live in your home while it’s for sale. You want to keep it a liveable environment for you and your family, but you also want it to show well and be free of clutter. So today, we'd like to share some tips with you. 

To begin with, you want to begin packing things up. You know you’ll be moving at some point, so you might as well start working on closets and other areas you don’t access often. Have a garage sale for things you want to get rid of, donate things you don’t need, and so on. You want potential buyers to see there will be ample space for them if they choose to move in.

"By taking these steps, you can get 8% to 10% more on your home sale."

As you do this, you’ll be able to make sure the house is very clean. This can mean a deep clean inside the home, where you hit areas that are often overlooked or ignored. You want every crack and corner spotless. You’ll likely want to clean outside as well—pressure-wash the home’s exterior, wipe down the windows inside and out, clean gutters, etc.

After you’ve packed and cleaned, we bring in a home stager who makes sure your home shows well. Then, a professional photographer will come and take photos and shoot video of your home.

And why not include your kids throughout the process? You can make cleaning the home a fun activity for all. Invite them to keep their rooms clean, help out with chores, and do anything else you can think of that helps to prepare the home—you may want to reward them for their efforts, however.

These steps begin before the home even hits the market. By taking them, you can get 8% to 10% more on your home sale. If you have any questions or need further information, feel free to call us at 404-721-2412. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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