Consumer Tips

Tips for Living in Your Home While It’s on the Market

Most of us will not have the luxury of moving out of our home, while it’s on the market. Even though, marketing your home can be very disruptive to your life – keeping these tips in mind will help you make the best of a difficult situation.

Organize and Disregard

     Before you put your home on the market, you should start organizing for your move. Not only will you get a head start on move day, having an organized home will help keep your house in order for showings. Do some of the heavy lifting now and disregard things you don’t think you’ll be moving. Remember that people are going to try to envision what their lives will be like in your home, so the less clutter and personal items – the better.


    Think about renting a storage unit in order to clear out some of the clutter from your home. If you’re not ready to get rid of things, a storage unit could be a good compromise.

Have a Plan

    Work with your real estate agent to create a plan for showings. Ask that they schedule them for during certain days/times, that way you are able to clean and prep your house for those specific time slots.

Buy Storage Tubs

    After you organize your home, consider having a few empty storage tubs available in your garage or a closet that can be used to hide clutter or items at a moments notice. Even if you set aside certain showing times with your realtor, there will be one-off times when a buyer won’t be able to accommodate your request.


    Know that during this time, you will need to clean your house more frequently than usual. If you don’t have time to do this, you might want to consider hiring a cleaner to help you every few weeks during busy times. The goal is to keep up with it, so you don’t have to do a deep clean before every showing. Be sure kitchens, living rooms and bathrooms are cleaned well – as those spaces are very scrutinized by buyers. And above all else, try to enjoy the adventure. Even though keeping your house “show ready” can be a difficult task – the prospect of moving onto your next adventure will make it all worthwhile.

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