The idea of living in your home while trying to sell it can be daunting. Most of the homes I stage are lived in while the house is on the market. After the staging consultation, and the to-do list is created, how is a homeowner to maintain a nicely staged home and live their day-to-day lives?
7 tips to follow:
- Snap pictures of the rooms after staging. You can then use those pictures as a reference if you move furniture, pillows, throws, etc. you can quickly put everything in its place.
- Keep decorative baskets or containers in areas that “stuff” accumulates in your house. For example, mail, catalogs, random toys, and use them to pick up everything to put in a closet or bookcase during a showing.
- If you have kids, be sure the play area is picked up, and all toys are stored in decorative bins that the home stager recommends for the playroom. Keep gaming consoles, plugs, etc. out of sight for the showing by having a basket or container available specifically for them.
- Keep the exterior of your house looking clean. Quickly sweep your doorway, removing any cobwebs, etc. so that the potential buyer’s first impression is a good one.
- Clear the bathroom counters. Keep the necessary cleaning items in the bathroom, to quickly wipe the counter and mirror, to remove water stains. Place the decorative towels, referencing your pictures, the way the home stager suggested. Empty the trash, and remove all visible cleaners, plungers, and brushes. Be sure all toilet seat lids are down!
- Make your beds and ensure that no clothes are hanging or sitting anywhere. Hang up anything that is on the floor or have a lovely laundry container (with a lid) to place all random pieces.
- To keep your kitchen open-house ready, I would recommend keeping your meals simple while you are selling your home. Remove your garbage frequently to ensure there are no bad smells and avoid strong-smelling foods.
Once you get into the routine, you will find it isn’t as bad as you imagined. Staying on top of house cleaning is the key to success. Another tip that a homeowner offered me is that they used a laundry bag to pick up anything random, and they stored it in their car during the open-house!