Tips for Living in a Punta Gorda Home While it is For Sale

Tips for Living in a Punta Gorda Home While it is For SaleSelling a Punta Gorda home is exciting, but it can bring some stresses and challenges with it as well. One of the biggest challenges is living in your home while it is listed for sale and open for showings. How can you balance living comfortably and carrying out day-to-day normal life while also having your home ready and open to potential Punta Gorda home buyers and their realtors? 

Tips for Living in a Punta Gorda Home While it is For Sale

Get Rid of Unneeded Items and Pack Up Others

Now is a great time to get a head start on packing. There will be some things in your Punta Gorda home that need to stay out while you are living there, but there are many items in your home that could be packed up and ready to go for your next home. This is a win-win situation. It helps you in the future when you get an offer on your home and only have thirty days to get everything out before the closing date, and it helps buyers to see the home for what it is without being distracted that someone lives there with all of their things. 

It is always a great idea to get as much clutter out of the home as possible before opening the home for showings. When a buyer comes through a home they want to be able to see as much of the home as possible. Extra belongings can distract attention away from the home's features. 

Going through your things now and deciding what can be packed to go to the next home, what can be sold or given away, and what can be thrown out is a big help now and will be a huge stress reliever in the future.

Clean, Clean, Clean

Whatever surface in your home you can deep clean, go ahead and deep clean it. Pretend it is Spring cleaning time but on overdrive. The cleaner your home is and the more detailed that cleaning is the newer and fresher your home will appear to buyers. A deeply clean home communicates a home in great shape. Some Punta Gorda homeowners opt to have a professional cleaning performed to showcase the home at its best.

Have a Strategy/Schedule for Showings

One of the biggest challenges to living in a home while it is actively listed for sale is being ready for a potential buyer to come buy and see the home in person. The best way to navigate this is to set up a plan for in-person showings with your real estate agent. There are many different approaches you can take to allow someone to come and look at your home while you are still living there.

Vickie Davies of Knieper Team Real Estate shares these buyer access methods in a blog:

 "Here are some of the most common access strategies in order of most access to least. 

Putting a Lockbox on the Door: A key is placed in a box attached to the doorknob on the front door, or another exterior door that can be accessed by a real estate professional. This box has a combination only given to a real estate professional either accessed through an agent-only website or by the agent calling your agent. This gives an agent access to your home with flexibility. However, an agent should always call before coming over with clients. "

If you are considering selling your Punta Gorda home, I am here to help. I am happy to discuss the goals you have for selling your home and to help you present your home at its best, market it expertly, and help relieve a lot of the stress that can come with listing your home for sale. Contact me any time with any Punta Gorda real estate needs. 

Key to the Home Through Your Agent: This method provides access to the home, but the buyer agent must stop by an offer to pick up a key. it is still pretty flexible but requires more planning putting a bit more of a barrier between the buyer agent and just dropping buy the home with little notice. 

By Appointment Only: This communicates that a real estate agent must set up a planned date and time to bring a client over to the home. It helps to give you advanced warning and plan around a showing. it allows you to plan to not be in the home so that buyers can take a look. It gives you time to make sure everything is in place. But it can be more restrictive. It might mean a buyer looks at another home while waiting to see yours. 

Limited Access: This method is for homeowners who want to limit buyer showings to certain days and timeframes on those days. This can make it easier for the homeowner to get the home ready and still juggle daily life, but it is also the least flexible of strategies. It could make it difficult for buyers to see the home without anyone else on the property." 

WIth the right preparation living in your home while it is actively listed for sale doesn't have to be as stressful. If you are considering selling your Punta Gorda home I am here to help. Contact me any time with any Punta Gorda real estate needs. 

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