I just listed my house for sale a few days ago and now I must keep the house neat, tidy, and spotless on a daily basis in case I have a showing. This is a great challenge for me because I don't like to be stuck inside the house cleaning all day. Also, whenever I clean or tidy up an area, the kids come in and make another mess which is very frustrating. We have rented a storage unit where we have put a lot of clutter that was in our house. I cleaned out all of our closets, gave away clothes that no longer fit, and packed away winter clothing. I also got rid of the clutter on my countertops. Yesterday, I cleaned windows and trim and today I will be wiping down my cupboards.
I don't like showing my house because I feel that it is an invasion of my privacy. People will look in your closets, vanities, kitchen cupboards and even your fridge. I have been through this many times before and realize that people are very picky. My biggest pet peeve is when I have to rush around to get ready for a showing and then find out that the people were just comparison shopping and really had no interest in the house. They just wanted to see what they could get at the price range.
The outside of the house also has to be kept tidy and presentable because that is the first impression a potential purchaser has of the home. I have to tidy up the kids toys, pick up any garbage, mow the lawn, and weed the flower garden. It is supposed to be nice and sunny today so I think I will do some work outside and enjoy the sunshine.