Living in a For-Sale Home Survival Guide

Under normal circumstances, you might let laundry pile up. Habits like these are simply not conducive to the home selling process. (Photo: Unsplash).

Jennifer Egbert, Porchlight Real Estate Group

Jennifer Egbert, Porchlight
Real Estate Group

BOULDER – Daily living can get pretty messy, especially if you keep a tight schedule or share your home with children and pets. There never seems to be enough time in the day to keep it all together. Unfortunately, home buyers in Boulder don’t often take that into consideration when they’re house hunting. When they walk through your front door, they expect your home to be pristine. This can present a huge challenge for families who need to live in the home until it’s passed onto its new owners. That’s why we’ve put together a few tips that will make living in a for-sale home just a little bit easier.

Minimize the clutter

Less is more when it comes to keeping your home show-ready. Items that tend to collect on countertops (such as small appliances, personal care products, and children’s toys) should be minimized as much as possible. As a general rule, anything that isn’t used daily should be packed and removed from the home while that property is on the market.

Have a plan for your pets

Pets are family, too, so don’t forget to have a plan in place for where they will go during showings. Leaving them unattended when buyers visit the property is not an option. If you can keep your pet with you when you leave the home, perfect. If not, ask a friend or family member, or seek the help of a pet sitter or dog daycare.

Make cleaning an ongoing process

Under normal circumstances, you might allow a glass or two to sit in your sink until the end of the day. You might let laundry pile up, and so on. Habits like these are simply not conducive to the home selling process, however. Wipe up spills as they happen. Put your dishes into your dishwasher as soon as you’re finished using them. Nothing will put buyers off faster than a dirty house. So, stay on top of messes, and be ready for unexpected spills and stains that might happen.

Get a head start on packing

Certain items serve no purpose in home staging, and others can even hurt the process. Things like family photos, monogrammed items, family organizational charts, and similar personal belongings should be packed and removed. Remember, once your home goes on the market, it’s no longer yours. You want to give prospective buyers a chance to see themselves living there, and the best way to do that is by removing items that make the house feel like your home.

Staying in a home that’s on the market can be a little challenging at times, but it’s absolutely possible. With these tips, you should be able to get the best of both worlds by living comfortably and also enjoying a quick, profitable sale.

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By Jennifer Egbert. Jennifer is a Realtor at Porch Light Real Estate Group and specializes in Luxury neighborhoods, home builders and current market conditions. Visit, e-mail or call 303.619.3373.