I’ve seen it happen, an anxious seller painstakingly prepares their home, bends over backwards to get it ready and sets completely unreasonable expectations of themselves for showings. Two weeks into the listing, they are tired, stressed and none of their original plans are getting done. The lawn isn’t mowed, they aren’t making their bed in the morning, leaving dishes in the sink and did I say, the lawn isn’t being mowed.
In fact, it happened to me. Our house has been on the market. Surprisingly I didn’t follow my own advice (are you surprised?). My wife and I found ourselves tired of the routine cleaning up making the bed… and me… picking my clothes up out of the bathroom. I went back to advice I always give my sellers, I should have given it to myself, but that’s another post.
My five ways to prevent/overcome listing fatigue:
- Make A List – Make a list of the things you need to get done before a showing. Do them in the morning before you leave. Limit the time to complete the entire list to less than 20 minutes. I’ve had sellers require an hour or more to finish their tasks, that’s an easy way to burn out. Don’t be too picky, your home doesn’t have to be perfect, just staged.
- Use Containers – need to clean your bathroom up fast? Keep everything in a Tupperware. This works especially good in bathrooms, kitchens and desk areas.
- Make a “cleaning day” one day a week spend 20 mins and vacuum and spruce up your bathrooms, use this time to empty the trash cans.
- Keep the lawn groomed, hire someone. Life is busy. Hire Someone. Make sure dog poop is picked up weekly, hire someone.
- It’s alright to make “No Show” days and times. You need to relax and enjoy your home and your lifestyle.
It’s important not to burn out when selling your home, burnout causes nothing to get done, and that’s a bad thing.
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