Because I'm clearly a masochist, we've decided to list our house.
I mean, logically, it makes sense. With baby VInnie now with us, we're seriously crowded in our home. Ideally, we'd like each of the boys to have their own spaces and we don't have that now.
Sidenote: I'm a HUGE fan of siblings sharing rooms when close in age. But our boys are at least 5 years apart, and the two that are currently sharing a room are seven years apart. I just think that's too much. /rant
So on top of 1) a newborn and 2) a kid starting kindergarten and 3) a teenager with teenager woes and worries, we've now added the drama of listing and showing our house. As you can imagine, this has knocked up the stress factor a bit.
Instead of doing the midday panic that OH NO POTENTIAL BUYERS WILL BE HERE IN FIVE MINUTES! CLEAN ALL THE THINGS!, I've tried (somewhat successfully) to spread some of that out. (That way, the panic is manageable! Sort of.)
The goal is: when everyone leaves the house for the day, have everything 98% ready as if a showing is set to happen. This means the boys have certain chores that HAVE to be done.
- Beds must be made.
- Floors must be clean of clothes, toys, etc.
- Towels must be hung up.
- Bathroom surfaces must be cleared.
(Yes, even the biggest boy - my husband - has these chores as well.)
In theory, these are all very simple tasks to add to their morning routine that take 5-10 minutes to complete. And when they are completed, and I get the call that Someone's interested in seeing your house - can they stop by in ten minutes?, I can say, "Sure!" and know that a quick vacuumm and some cookies baking will have the house ready to be seen.
(The cookies are for scent purposes only, but they are a nice little bonus.)
What tips do you have for keeping a house "show ready"?