Here are 5 short insights into the inconveniences of having your home on the market:

1.  Sooner or later an agent will be on your doorstep, with buyers in tow, and you didn't know they were coming.  There are lots of reasons for this, and frankly lots of places that you may lay blame.  I positively and absolutely HATE it when that happens.  But it does.  If you can let them see the house, let them...they might be your buyer.  If it's so totally not a good time, remember you never ever HAVE to show your home, because it's your home.

2.  Sooner or later an agent will make an appointment and give you plenty of notice, thank you, but then fail to show for the appointment.  There are lots of reasons for this, and yes, lots of places to lay some blame.  But it will happen...a buyer cancels, the agent's key malfunctions, the buyer's kid starts barfing in the back seat.  I HATE it when this happens too.  Call your listing agent about this "no show" and they should be able to get the rest of the story, and hopefully reschedule the appointment.  

3.  Sooner or later, someone is going to use your bathroom.  It's kind of gross, especially if they don't flush.  And yes, I HATE it when that happens.  Grit your teeth, flush, and I apologize in advance for the inconvenience, on behalf of agents everywhere.

4.  Someone is going to leave a door unlocked, OR they are going to lock you out.  Get a spare key to the door between the garage and the house if you don't already have one and probably never lock that door.  Because someone, out of an abundance of caution, is going to lock it.  I keep a spare key for every listing I have, so that when an agent locks their keys in your house, or locks you out of the house, I can put on my super agent cape and fly to the rescue.  

5.  Some agents will never ever give you feedback about what their buyer thought of the house.  Even though you left your home at dinner time with kids and dogs and cats all piled into the car, and the house was as perfectly clean and well lit as it has ever been...I'm sorry for that behavior as well.  Not professional, not nice.  Luckily it won't happen often, but it's frustrating after all that effort, isn't it?!

 

Bottom line is that living in a house and selling a house are two totally different realities...in two totally different universes.  Keep reminding yourself that this too shall pass, and some day you can leave the house without all the beds made!