Any tips for selling a house while living in it?

Amy - posted on 03/26/2013 ( 6 moms have responded )

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We're putting our house on the market next week and I'm looking for any tips on how to keep it looking like we don't actually live in it. I've organized and scrubbed but I feel like within 5 minutes if the kids walking in a room it looks lived in. Any suggestions from moms who have had to sell there house? What are some things that have stood out while you were house shopping?

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Elizabeth - posted on 03/29/2013

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I just bought a house someone was still living (now i'm all moved in and it's a mess) So it actually helped to see what it looked like with people living there. I liked seeing the living room put together, I liked seeing how much could fit in the pantry, closets, etc. It helped me a lot to see what that living space was capable of. Just keep things organized like you would if company was coming over. There are some people out there who are eager to buy houses but have no clue how to decorate or set up a house and seeing one already put together is a HUGE help.

Pealock - posted on 03/28/2013

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I would go through the house before I left the house with a laundry basket. I would pick up any clutter (that needed attention) and our dirty clothes. I would place the laundry basket in the trunk of my car. Then when I came home I would wash the clothes and deal with the items I picked up that day. The house remained tidy and the laundry did not pile up...Win Win!! Praying for a quick sell of your house!

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/26/2013

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Yes. I have lived in and sold a house with kids, and had to show our apartment while living in it. My suggestion, pack up all non-essentials of the kids. Any extra toys they don't play with, cloths that are not the right season, really anything you are not going to use for a while...books etc. Sometimes that can even help sell the house....they see boxes they know you are eager to sell. Put dryer sheets in all closets for nice smelling goodness, declutter cabinets and drawers.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/26/2013

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Also, while you are packing up, if you have a basement, do not put the boxes against the walls. People will think you are hiding a defect in the basemet, like a crack or water damage. Leave enough room for people to see the structure of the house without having to climb boxes.

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Rebekah - posted on 03/29/2013

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The rooms in our house were small, so we actually removed some extra pieces of furniture and put them in storage until the house sold. It helped the room look bigger. I guess we didn't mind it while we were in it, but it really helped open up the space to do that for potential buyers.

Carolyn - posted on 03/29/2013

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Leave the dryer sheets for the clothes dryer. Some people are allergic to dryer sheets. Instead put some cinnamon mixed with water in the microwave for 5-10 minutes, that will put a smell in the house that everybody likes. Turn on all the lights in the house, open up the curtains. Keep closets neat, nothing on the floors of the closets. You want to give the impression that storage is abundant. NO CLUTTER. De-clutter shelves, the tops of furniture and tables. Have sold two house we were living in to the first people coming thru and at our price.

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