What It’s Like to Live in Your Home While It’s for Sale

Find out what it’s like to live in your home while trying to sell it.

It’s not easy to find somewhere else to live when selling your house, which is why many sellers avoid it altogether. Instead, they decide to continue staying in their home throughout showings, walk-throughs, inspections, and everything else that takes place during the selling process.  

Today I’m joined by my oldest daughter, Megan, who recently went through this experience herself. I figured she could shed some light on what it was like to live in a home you’re trying to sell. 

I asked Megan what it was like to use her Ring doorbell to hear potential buyers talking on her front porch, and she said it was actually her favorite part. She liked to see what their first opinion was when they arrived and how they felt when they left. She also liked to see all the different families stopping by, and she’d imagine what life might be like for them if they lived there.  

There were over 100 people that came through to see the home, and some of them definitely stood out. Megan remembers that one potential buyer caught her off guard, as she saw some smoke and thought he was smoking inside her home. It turns out he was vaping (who knows if that’s better), but she was relieved it wasn’t cigarette smoke.  

"Some interested buyers wrote letters, and Megan said it made it more difficult to choose."

Megan says it was a little uncomfortable having so many people walk through her house—especially during a pandemic. She picked up all the rugs, made sure countertops were empty, and basically hid everything. This made everything easy to clean and ensured nobody was touching things that she and her family used. Being at home with the inspector also made her nervous, as she was afraid something bad would come up during the inspection. Fortunately, everything turned out fine. 

Some interested buyers wrote letters, and Megan said it made it more difficult to choose. It tied in emotions to certain offers, so she ended up putting the notes aside in order to make things easier. Still, she ended up going with someone who had written a touching letter. 

For the first weekend of showings, Megan made sure everything was absolutely spotless. Some people thought it was staged, as it almost looked like nobody even lived in it. She kept things to a bare minimum. One weekend, she stayed with me so there could be showings galore at her home. 

I’d like to thank Megan for joining us today and sharing a firsthand experience of what it’s like to live in a home while it’s for sale. If you have any questions or would like more information about buying or selling in our market, feel free to reach out to me. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

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