Thursday, May 9, 2019 / by Tiffany Montgomery
Worrying about selling your home is stressful enough, but worrying about keeping your home show-ready can be a real headache when you have kids. That headache only gets worse when you are a parent with an already maxed-out schedule. So, how can you get your home ready to put on the market, keep everything in its place, and make sure your home is set for showings and open houses without going crazy? By following a few staging and home selling tips.
Make Tidiness a Part of Your Daily Routine
To keep yourself from getting stressed by last-minute showings, keep a few easy and fast staging tips in mind. Just opening your blinds can let more light in and help your home feel more inviting. Also, remember to pick up any clutter and make sure problematic odors are diffused. Use baking soda to refresh carpets and consider adding an essential oil diffuser to eliminate smells for showings. Of course, the best way to keep last-minute staging effortless is to keep your home decluttered and clean at all times. Make your kids take their shoes off to keep carpets and floors spotless, and also spend a few minutes each day tidying up the more noticeable areas of your home.
Focus Some Attention on Your Home’s Entryway
If you’re a busy parent to equally busy kids, chances are your entryway tends to collect things. It can be tempting to just toss your bags and coats when you get home, but if you are trying to sell your home, the entryway is your first chance to make a good impression on buyers. So, you may want to spend some time and effort in organizing this area. Use baskets and bins to keep scarves, hats, and other random items organized and to make stashing them away before showings a snap. If you want to create the illusion of space inside your home, you can also strategically add mirrors to the walls in your entryway and other rooms.
Put Away Toys, Family Photos, and Any Pet Supplies
When a potential buyer looks at a property, they need to be able to picture themselves living in the home. That can be tricky to do if your house is filled with photos of your family or cluttered with elements of your life there. An abundance of personal items can be enough to turn a buyer off from your home, so it’s best to pack those possessions away until your home has sold. Remember how mirrors help your home appear bigger? Well, mirrors can replace those family photos and personal decor touches and really help your buyers see themselves in your home. If your family has pets, you may also need to remove signs of your furry family members before showing your home. Have a place where you can store leashes, bowls, and beds, and definitely have somewhere for your pets to stay while your home is being shown.
Plan Some Family Trips While Your Home Is Up for Sale
With kids and pets in your home, it can be difficult to keep it clean enough to show. Even with the tips above, kids have a habit of making messes around the house. So, if you really want to keep yourself from stressing, why not get your family out of your home while it is on the market? You can leave the keys with your listing agent and plan budget-friendly trips that will keep your kids busy and your home empty. Need to stick around your town for work or school? You could also look into short-term rentals in the area to avoid the chaos of open houses and showings, as well as keep your home staged and tidy at all times.
By following the tips above, you should be able to take some of the stress out of selling your home. You should also turn to your realtor for help with staging, selling, and preparing your home, so make sure you have an agent you can trust and who knows the local market.
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Article Written by: Kristin Louis