How to Sell Your Home in Norfolk While You're Living in It

Sell Your HomeSelling a home while you are living in it can be challenging, but with the right strategy, you can keep your home ready for showings. In Norfolk's competitive real estate market, it's best to have a plan to keep your home ready for your ideal buyer to take a look any time. Maintaining a clean, clutter-free, and inviting environment is essential to make a positive impression on potential buyers.

We can help you sell your home in Norfolk and reach your real estate goals. Contact us any time to learn more about the value of your home and preparing it for sale. If you plan to live in the home until you sell it, we can help you make sure it still makes a great impression. Here are some tips to help you keep your home ready for showings while living in it. 

Declutter and Depersonalize

Before listing your home, declutter by removing excess items, personal belongings, and unnecessary furniture. Less clutter makes your home appear more spacious and allows potential buyers to visualize their own belongings in the space.

These are some of the most common sources of clutter in homes:

  • Mail, homework, and other miscellaneous papers
  • Toys
  • Pet supplies
  • Shoes, bags, and jackets in the entryway
  • Personal items on bathroom counters
  • Excessive small appliances, cooking supplies, and decor on the kitchen counters

Depersonalizing the home will help take the focus off of your stuff and put it on the home itself. Consider removing these things from sight:

  • Personal calendars and to-do lists
  • Toiletries and bath towels
  • Books, journals, computers, and homework
  • Personal family photos

Storage Solutions

One of the best ways to keep your home ready for a showing is to keep it tidy all the time. We know that can be challenging, especially with multiple people or children in the home. Consider finding storage solutions so that most of your belongings can be out of the way. This will greatly decrease the time it takes to tidy up the space. 

You can consider getting started with your packing early. Begin packing away items you won't be using right now, like board games, off-season clothing, holiday decor, sentimental items, collections, or baby gear. 

Outsource Maintenance 

Keeping your home clean and well-maintained is key during this time. If keeping up with these tasks is overwhelming, consider outsourcing by hiring a housekeeper or lawn care service while your home is on the market. 

This can help you make sure your home is always ready without having to add additional chores to your plate. 

Create a Quick Cleanup Kit

Create a quick cleanup kit that includes cleaning supplies, trash bags, and laundry baskets. When you receive a request for a showing, even if it is last minute, use the kit to quickly address any mess or clutter. Focus on high-traffic areas, such as the living room, kitchen, and bathrooms. There's nothing wrong with quickly gathering up everything and bringing it with you in the car as you go, all for the sake of making sure your home puts its best foot forward. 

Be Aware of Odors

Odors can be a significant turnoff for potential buyers. Keep the home smelling fresh by addressing any sources of unpleasant odors. Use subtle air fresheners, open windows for fresh air, and stay away from cooking strong-smelling foods before showings. Even if the odor is one you consider to be a beautiful aroma, remember that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it's best to let your home appeal to a wide range of potential buyers.  

Ready to learn more about selling your home in Norfolk? Contact us any time.

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