Keeping your home looking like a furniture showroom for showings isn’t an easy task. Here are a few tips to keep your house ready while you’re still living in it.
1. Attack the clutter
Begin with a major decluttering. Throw out, recycle or give away things you don’t use. This will not only make your home more appealing to prospective buyers, but will also free up space for you to neatly store things when it’s time to tidy up for a showing.
2. Rent storage space
Keeping things neat is easier when you have less things. An off-site storage unit can help.
3. Start packing
Packing most of your dishes and large baking and cooking items frees up cabinet space that you can use to stash items you use on a regular basis. It also gives you a head start on packing when you are ready to move.
4. Rope off a room – or two
If you can, temporarily rope off rooms or areas from the kids, pets, etc. to contain your mess in a smaller space. But remember to make those rooms look nice, too, before the showing!
5. Buy hiding spots
The home sections of discount stores are filled with attractive fabric boxes and fashionable bins that can simultaneously hide clutter and match your decor.
6. If all else fails, stash it under the bed
Invest in a couple of under-the-bed bins that you can use to store everything from socks to kids’ toys in when faced with a last-minute showing.
Remember when showing your home, it pays to work with a professional!