How Parents Can Keep Their Home in Sale-Ready Shape
Written by Kristin Louis
You don’t have to spend much time around kids to know they tend to leave a trail of mess in their wake. Although most parents come to accept their children’s tendency toward chaos, it becomes a big problem when you’re trying to sell a house. Tours, listing photoshoots, and open houses all need a home that’s spotless and sale-ready. Keeping your house in good shape with kids can quickly feel like a losing battle.
Fortunately, there are some handy tricks you can use to stay ahead of the game and keep your home looking great while you sell it. Here are a few ways busy parents can manage home staging with kids around.
The easiest way to keep your home in good order: Hire someone else to do it. If you’re too busy to get your home into shape before a viewing, get in touch with a cleaning service and let them knock it out for you. You can hire a housekeeper, who can keep your home in great shape the whole time it’s on the market. This is different from a maid service; housekeepers do general upkeep, simple yard work, and can even do some light meal prep to help get you through the week.
However, even investing in a single deep clean can get you some major relief. Having this done before open houses is a great way to ensure that everything looks its very best before you bring in potential buyers, and it will be much simpler to maintain.
If you have pets, they should vacate your home during showings. Not only can they be a distraction when potential buyers arrive to view your home, but evidence of pets living in a home can turn off buyers. Ideally, you can hire a pet sitter to watch your pet, but that may not be possible for a last-minute showing. If you have an anxious pet, CBD can help calm them down before buyers arrive. When choosing a CBD product for your pet, be careful to consider strength, formula, and reviews from other pet owners.
Make It a Game
Small children love to play, so whenever possible, try not to make tidying into a chore. Instead, figure out ways to make it fun. For example, you can have your children organize their toys in colorful boxes, putting stuffed animals in the blue box, balls in the red, and plastic toys in yellow. This helps them learn colors, instills a sense of tidiness, and above all, makes it something fun for them.
Make It Routine
Older kids and teens may not be as easily convinced that tidying up is a great time. For them, the best thing you can do is set an example and make it a routine. Instead of just telling them to tidy up, set a time that everyone works together to get the space in order. Each evening, for example, you can set 20 minutes where the whole family works together to put away clutter and tidy up the common spaces and their rooms.
Making it into a regular routine, and having it be something everyone does at once, achieves two powerful goals. In the short run, it gets the job done. In the long run, it shows your children the impact that small, regular efforts can make on the household. Lead by example, and you won’t just teach your kids how to prepare a home for sale; you’ll teach them how to manage their home for life.
Simplify Your Life
Finally, a great way to make keeping your home tidy during a sale much easier is to simplify your living situation. Since you’re preparing for a move, go through your home and identify anything you can go ahead and pack up. Anything you’re not using on a daily basis, or any personal décor, can be packed away. This makes your move easier and lightens the load of things you need to tidy up while you’re selling.
You can even go the extra step and use this to figure out if there’s anything you can donate or sell rather than bring with you to your next home. Have designated boxes for items you think you might not need in the long run. If you don’t find any desire to use the items in those boxes throughout the sales process, donate or sell them. Moving is a great opportunity to downsize, and this method helps you identify items you need.
Parents have an extra challenge when it comes to keeping their homes looking great, but these tips should make it easier. By focusing on reducing clutter, getting kids involved, and hiring help when you need it, you can make your house shine. A beautiful home is sure to catch buyers’ attention, and you’ll find you’ve made a sale in no time!
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