Sellers who are staying in their home while it's on the market may have a hard time keeping it neat. Here are a few techniques to keep a home livable while still looking clean and buyer-friendly:
Have a quick pick-up plan.
Talk to your family about a quick pick-up plan. Make everyone responsible for vacuuming, dusting and clearing the clutter in their assigned rooms. Do a daily walk-through to make sure everything is in place in case you have a last-minute request for a showing.
Keep cleaning tools handy.
Fill a bucket or basket with the cleaning products you need for daily touch-ups. Include a hand-held vacuum for high-traffic areas that need regular attention.
Box up personal items.
Pack up the pictures on the refrigerator, the knickknacks on your shelves, unnecessary decorative items, and other memorabilia. Clutter-free space allows potential buyers to imagine their own belongings in your home.