Let's see...I told the realtor, no showings without at least an hour's notice, preferably 24 hours. We packed away a ton of stuff so there wasn't much to clean up. I did the floors first thing every morning (vacuum and dry mop). We were lucky and sold after just a couple of showings. Even that was stressful. I also second the advice of waiting until the people show up and then leaving, so you don't take kids out unnecessarily. I think paring WAY down on toys and just putting all the most messy stuff in storage helped us a lot.
I'd build a separate time, or two, into your daily routine for extra tidying to keep it manageable if you get a showing on short notice.
I think people understand if you have small kids. I would not leave smelly garbage out, but trash in the trash bin? Sure. (Take the diaper pail out with you when you go.) Counters as bare as you can possibly make them; everything up in cabinets. Wipe the counters and tables down, wipe the sink and sink fixtures down, swish the toilets, etc.
Keep some glass cleaner handy if you have glass doors/windows/mirrors that get fingerprinted.
I also bought rolls of instant chocolate-chip cookie dough and cut off and baked like 4 cookies just before people came over. With that rolled-up dough you can easily do this over and over. I also put out a pitcher of lemonade and/or water with lemon floating in it, and glasses. The house smelled heavenly from the cookies and people appreciated the snack (it was summertime).
I had special new towels that I put out just for showings!
I used opaque plastic bins in closets for hiding stuff on short notice.
No need to leave vacuum lines, just make sure the crumbs are gone.
Also I would make the beds in the morning and make the bedroom off-limits after that...so when the time came, it was only the kitchen, living room, and bathroom that needed cleaning. If you have multiple bathrooms make all but one off-limits for the same reason.
I think a strategic use of videos for that half-hour before the showing is a good idea if it will keep your kids out of trouble while you run around and tidy up.
Originally Posted by _betsy_
Yeah, just what I came here looking for! I haven't been here forever, but I was hoping to connect with other Mamas who are moving.
We're selling our condo and moving (somewhere not too far away, don't know where yet). We had the real estate team over today, took pictures and worked on the write up and signed paperwork. Won't really feel official until it's on the MLS and I can see the photos online!
This will be our first selling experience. Ia m NOT looking forward to showings and the disruption this will cause all of us. With a kindergartener and a 3 year old, we have lots of toys -- though I have decluttered an AMAZING amount and the agents were thrilled with the work we had done since they were last here. We got a storage unit and have practically filled it up... so a lot of our stuff is already packed, which should make moving more manageable, right?
DH spackled and repainted, new grout around the tub, all that stuff, while I packed things for storage.
Anyway, I was hoping to hear from other moms of young ones on what it's like living in a house that's on the market. I WOH FT, nights, so I am home most of the day and I get a later start than most people. It'll be easier with the nice weather to just pack up and hit a park as needed for showings.
What MUST be done before each showing? I assume counters cleared, sink empty, tidy home, clean bathrooms... Do people expect to see vacuum lines? Do I have to take out the garbage/recycling every day?
Experiences? Advice? How disruptive is it?