How to Survive Living in Your “On-Market” Home

Annual open house event for the Wayata Community Sailing Center, Wayzata, Minnesota U.S.A.

Putting your current home on the market isn’t the most relaxing task in the world, especially if you’re still living in it. Since your home needs to be showing-ready at a moment’s notice, here are a few tips to alleviate your stress and keep a somewhat normal routine:

Pack up and organize your belongings now

Assuming everything goes to plan, you’ll be moving out soon so it’s best to pack up your belongings now. While you’re going through this process, organizing similar items and donating/dumping what you no longer use anymore can save you time and space in the future. Buyers will be turned-off by a cluttered home, so only leave out the belongings you’ll need until the potential sale of the house.

Rent a storage unit

While you’re clearing out any clutter you may have, take this time to invest in a storage unit if you have excess furniture as well. Buyers are willing to spend more for open space, so any extra furniture that may hinder that appearance should be removed. Storage units are a great place to put furniture with sentimental (but not essential) value while staging.

Secure your belongings

Since people will be looking through drawers and cabinets during showings, it’s a good idea to lock up or hide any valuables. This will include, documents, passports, jewelry, electronics, prescription medication bottles, check books, etc. Check bedside tables for any additional belongings you may have forgotten about. Your listing agent can insist that agents accompany their buyers throughout a showing. If you don’t have a safe place to lock up these items in your home, temporarily storing them in the trunk of your car can work as well.

Pamper your pets

Send your furry friends on a vacation to family or friends’ houses! If showings last an extended period of time, boarding your pets may be the best option. It’s hard to be apart from your pets, especially during a stressful time period, but you wouldn’t want a prospective buyer to let them get out! Don’t forget to hide their toys and food bowls as well.

Get ready for show time! 

Once you’ve finished preparing for a showing, leave your home as clean and as soon as possible. The goal is to have the prospective buyer see your house as their own, which will be hard if you’re still around. The nicer you make your home look, the fewer days you’ll have to deal with it being on the market!

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6 Tips to Speed Up the Sale of Your Home

From proper phrasing to curb appeal, each detail you put into your listing impacts how quickly your house will sell. The buyer market is currently transitioning to appeal to the millennial generation, who will be ready to purchase homes in 2018. These tips will provide you with the knowledge you need to sell your home as quickly as possible!

  1. De-clutter and clean your home
    This step will make your home appear larger and more appealing to buyers. A home full of junk indicates to buyers that there will not be enough storage space for their items, so organizing and cleaning up will make a huge difference in perception.
  2. Lighten up your space
    By utilizing an open concept, adding mirrors, extra lighting, and light paint colors you can create the illusion that your home is larger than it is. Using framed art to decorate, rather than canvas, also helps to bounce light throughout your home.
  3. Having a backyard deck
    According to a survey conducted by Trulia, 59% of millennials included a backyard deck as a must-have feature for their dream home. Creating a cozy and cohesive backyard space can fulfill this need, as long as it is visually appealing.
  4. Focus on ROI rooms: Kitchen and bathroom
    If you’re going to remodel any portion of your home before putting it up for sale, focus on updating the kitchen and bathrooms. These two rooms are major selling points for most home buyers and will have the largest return on investment.
  5. Be word conscious in your listing
    According to a study discussed on MSN, these phrases can impact the sale speed of your house:
    -“Beautiful” or “gorgeous”: sold 15% faster
    -“Landscaping”: sold 20% faster
    -“Move-in condition”: sold 12% faster
    -“Motivated” or “must sell”- sold 30% slower
  6. Enhance your curb appeal
    To create a great first impression, start by cleaning up and landscaping the outside of your home! Millennials are interested in being healthy and giving back to the environment, so starting a vegetable garden will attract 40% more home buyers.

Remembering to fine tune the details of your home and to consider the target market will make your home selling more efficient overall!