Moms and dads are busier than ever, and with all the things tugging at your days for time, preparing a house to sell can feel impossible. Thankfully, there are some strategies to simplify the process and have your home ready when buyers want to see it. Read on for how to be sure your property is in shape so you can capitalize showings and get a great offer. 

Gauge Your Presentation

There are things all sellers should focus on when preparing a house for sale. As a first step, do some depersonalizing, removing things like mementos, photos, collections, and items with initials or your children’s names on them. Similarly, it’s best to declutter your home, eliminating extra belongings and items which evoke strong style. Basically, create an environment which is both comfortable and impersonal, so potential buyers feel welcome. And last, but far from least, you need to clean your entire home thoroughly. You can use a cleaning checklist to make sure you don’t miss anything. For busy parents, those steps can sound especially daunting. Since a great presentation is both challenging and crucial, consider hiring a professional to make sure the job is done right. On average, the cost for professional home staging is approximately $822. Letting a pro handle it is a great way to lighten your load.

Keeping Up the Good Work

Once your home is all set up, keeping it in shape for showings might sound tough, especially if you have a baby, or toddlers, or teens — basically, with any kids!  However, there are a couple of ways to make it easier on yourself and them, too. 

First of all, in the process of eliminating items, don’t cut all of their favorite toys and games. Hang onto a couple of things, but steer them toward items that are easily stashed for showings.  Don’t forget about the yard as well. Loose toys, bicycles, skateboards, and so forth should be put away with an eye toward great curb appeal

Another trick is to avoid doing much cooking so your kitchen stays clean, and limit where kids are allowed to take food. Consider getting take out when you can, and Taste of Home offers some terrific recipes for make-ahead meals requiring minimal cleanup. 

Clean and Go

When showings pop up, have a game plan for speedy house cleaning. Assemble some convenient cleaning tools, such as a dustpan and cordless vacuum that you can stash quickly. Fill a cleaning caddy with efficient and effective supplies. Keep a trash bag on a doorknob so it’s easy to grab and go through the house, picking up things like dirty clothes and miscellaneous toys. Either dedicate a spot in your vehicle for your catch-all or have an unobtrusive place to stash it in your garage or basement. Make sure you flip on lights and open the curtains to allow in some sunshine. Give your front porch a quick sweep and you’ll be ready to roll. 

Maintain Positivity 

Sometimes, kids aren’t too keen on the whole idea of selling the family home. Kids can tell when something is up, so have an age-appropriate conversation with each child early on, and keep things positive. Give your kids a certain amount of say in decisions, and make it clear that their toys will be at the new home. Also, give each child some responsibility. Not only does it lighten your load (if only a little!), but it also gives youngsters ownership in the process.  

Dads and moms tend to have pretty full plates these days, and throwing a house for sale into the mix can challenge the most courageous parental hearts.  Create a great presentation and embrace some clever tricks for keeping things in good shape.  Look for ways to ease through the process, and you’ll be chalking this experience up as a great success in no time!

Article by Kris Louis



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