Our house is on the market. Yes, we are staying in San Antonio - just need some space for home offices since we both do a lot of work from home. On that note, showings have been.... well, not fun. Our realtor and stager (who are both brilliant) insist on having the house look like no one lives in the house during showings, of which we've had many. Paper towels hidden. Coffee pot hidden. Shampoo, laundry and dishes of course, cat items, even the microwave hidden away as it takes up an ample amount of counter space.
On the first day of showings, I idealistically thought I'd just be taking the cats with me, at least my "trouble-makers." I crated two and got them in the car. I was lucky enough to shoo two more out to the back porch. The 5th hid under a bed.
The 2nd day of showings, they were all wise to the game. No amount of treats, coaxing, chasing or pleading could get those babies into a crate. Realtor comments (I'm not making this up):
Nice house and sweet kitties!!"
...shows well. Sweetest and friendliest cats."
And from our own realtor who showed the house once.
Yep. The cats were out in full force."
The best time was when I came home to find that one threw up in the middle of the living room. I'll be sure to hear about that in some realtor's comments. And it's just great when my black cat decides to nap on my pristinely made white bed.
There is a sort of drill I do now when I leave the house. It begins with hiding every big of evidence that the house is occupied and ends with vacuuming my way out. So if someone comes in they must think, if a person lives here, they surely must be perfect or superhuman. They don't produce dishes or laundry or trash or drink coffee, or use a microwave...
This is our first time selling a house. So those of you who have been here before, what did you do? How far did you go? What tricks did you use? Is there a way to simplify this hectic process?