How To Live In A Staged Home
So you may feel overwhelmed now that you have conquered all of the staging tasks you needed to accomplish in order to fully stage your home for sale. You have done all of the things your home stager suggested such as de-cluttering, furniture arranging, and deep cleaning. Now that you have done all of those things and your house is “showcase” ready, there is only one issue that remains, you and your family is still living in the home and now you feel you can no longer “live comfortably” in your home anymore. The thought of having to constantly keep your home “show case” ready at all times may be so inconvenient.
At this point you may feel totally stressed and overwhelmed with the kids, the pets, and all of the other things that can make it unrealistic to constantly keep your home “showcase” ready at a moment’s notice. The stress kicks in knowing that you have to keep your house perfect and staged at all times because you know that there will be a steady flow of traffic coming in and out of your home at a moment’s notice.
The good news is that you need not to worry and you can feel confident with knowing that the fruits of your labor with staging your home will reap its benefits. You can focus on the relief of knowing that living in a staged home is only temporary and that your home is on its way to being sold.
It is so important to understand the principles of how to live in a staged home comfortably even if you have pets, kids, or live in a small home.
It is first of all important to keep a list of daily tasks to assign to all of the members of the household to be responsible for maintaining the staged home. These tasks are very important considering that it is a daily continuous effort to maintain the home so it is important that everyone commits to their daily tasks.
Another great thing to do in order to make sure that the home is left exactly as staged, is to take photos of the rooms after it is staged. This process will allow the home owners to reference back to view the staged rooms if things get out of order.
Overall, you want to make sure that you live very tidy and clean. Keep in mind, having your home for sale means you may have to be ready at a moment’s notice.
Here are some effective habits to establish when living in a staged home:
- Use scented candles frequently such as automatic air fresheners, scented plug-ins, candles, and Febreeze to keep the home smelling fresh. Scents such as linen fresh or summer breeze are great general scents to use.
- Always use coasters to prevent water stains
- Get storage bins that are easily accessible in rooms and designate a place to store daily things that can create clutters such as mail, magazines, and toys etc. For example, places to store storage bins to put away clutter:
- Inside Cabinets
- Storage Room
- Put Away Mail and Personal Valuable Belongings- Keep in mind, personal private records such as mail for example, you may want to consider getting a lock box and put away or simply take it with you and put in your trunk during showings.
- Get into a habit of washing dishes every time a dish is used. Keep fresh soapy water in sink to wash immediately or automatically load in dishwasher.
- Try To Avoid Cooking Foods That Have A Strong Odor
- Keep large trash bags available where you can immediately throw any personal belongings that are valuable in it so that you can take with you during showings.
- Make sure during showings that all medications are packed up and locked up and not accessible during showings or take with you.
Overall, these simple tips will make living in a staged home less overwhelming. Keep in mind, with already having your home staged at this point, you have already completed the initial things you would have to do anyway before moving such as packing, organizing, and decluttering and cleaning out of the way. Consider the fact that you are now move out ready.
For more staging tips or to set up a home staging consultation, contact your local Home Staging Interior Designs Associate at: