|Keeping your home on the market show-ready can be tricky.|
Tired of Swiffering every day?
Wish you could leave dishes soaking in the sink every morning?
Miss having your collections and family photos on display?
Going crazy keeping the fluffy towels on display in the bathroom?
I’ve lived in staged homes, and I’ve talked to plenty of people who have done the same. I know it can be difficult and stressful. Here are some of the solutions to problems that go along with waiting for that serious buyer.
Look at this period of your life as the time you are running your own business.
|House hunters don't expect sterile perfection, but neatness counts. Photo: BHG.|
There’s a reason factories put products together assembly line style. The same steps are repeated at regular intervals by the same people. It’s a method that saves time because there’s no wasted motion or steep learning curve.
If you can assign each person in your household a specific room or set of tasks, you've made a move towards more efficient household management.Think like a factory manager and streamline as many chores as practical to save time and trouble.
|A room without lots of small things is easier to clean. Photo:Eric Roseff Design.|
Have a pre-showing checklist and assign jobs from that. Tell yourself and your children that learning and implementing these simple housekeeping strategies will help develop habits that improve ordinary life long after the house is sold.
If you have rooms that get minimal use – a game room, a guest room or bath, a formal dining room, or a bonus room -- consider staging it and then closing the door. In effect, you are placing it off-limits.
Top Photo: Andreas Trauttmansdorff Photography