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Living in Your Home When It's Up for Sale

Living in a home that’s for sale can be stressful and it can be a real disruption to your normal routine. However, by using several different strategies and by planning ahead, you can minimize your stress level.

Put as much of your belongings as you can into storage. When you’re getting your home ready to go on the market, try to put as much of your belongings as possible into storage, whether it’s in your own home or in an off-site storage facility. By doing this, you’ll have less to deal with and less to clean. If feasible, have only your essentials available. Also, as a bonus, your home will appear less cluttered to potential buyers.

Have a plan for keeping your home clean. Keeping your home clean on a regular basis can be one of the biggest stress factors, so try to have a daily routine to avoid falling behind on clean-up and general maintenance. Cleaning as you go—in other words, cleaning up after yourself—will help cut down on the amount of time you spend cleaning each day.

Keep a checklist handy for when potential buyers are coming. If you know potential buyers are on the way, it’s helpful to have a short checklist of what to do to get ready. This list can include spot cleaning, turning lights on, opening blinds and curtains, and setting your thermostat at a comfortable level. This can also work well for getting ready for an open house, although that checklist may be a little more detailed.

Know where to go—with your kids and pets. Since you definitely want to be out of the house for showings and any open houses, you should plan out things to do with your family when you need to leave. Whether you need to leave for an hour or for five hours, knowing ahead of time where you’re going and what you’re going to do will help reduce your stress level.

For more than 25 years, Omega Financial has been serving mortgage clients in Massachusetts. Our brokers have approximately 50 years in the mortgage business. You always will receive fast, courteous, and accurate information. Omega Financial, Inc. is a company duly licensed to operate in Massachusetts as a Mortgage Brokerage. We are located in the Town of Norwood, Massachusetts where we have been operating as Omega Financial Incorporated since 1988.

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