Top Advice for Busy Parents Preparing to Sell Their Home in a Competitive Market
7 Tips for Busy Parents Selling their Home
With careers, school events, spilled milk and skinned knees, being a parent is challenging on a daily basis. When you throw selling your home into the mix, life can feel overwhelming. How do you prepare your home for sale, much less stay on top of cleaning for showings? Follow this advice to give your home a competitive edge, even when you’re busy.
Talk with the kids. Sometimes children don’t understand about selling a home and moving. Even those who are old enough to understand can find the process upsetting. One of the first things you should do is talk with your kids so they understand about what is happening. Be sure to frame things in language and ideas they can comprehend. Also Homelight explains children identify highly with their belongings. When packing, rearranging and storing, reassure your youngsters they will get their things back after you move to your new home.
Declutter and depersonalize. When you’re preparing a home to sell, remember you want to present the house in such a manner buyers can envision living there. Those items that remind house hunters you still live there can hinder your sale. With that in mind, you should remove as much clutter and personal belongings as possible. You may be wondering how you can do that when you have children. Some experts recommend changing your point of view toward your move instead of thinking about the sale.
Pare down. This is a great time to prepare for your upcoming move. Get a jump on packing by storing infrequently used toys, off-season clothing, and other items you don’t need right now. Have your kids involved by letting them choose a few favorite items, and store them in a handy tote when not in use. It’ll save you from picking up after your kids for last-minute showings, too. For best results, store excess items offsite. Buyers will be looking in the storage areas of your home, so filling closets and drawers to the brim will give the impression your home lacks space. Consider renting a storage unit to ease you through this phase of the process. For example, the average cost to rent a storage unit in Colorado Springs is from $97.34.
Deep clean throughout. Another key to presenting your home well to buyers is to clean it thoroughly. A spotless home sends the message your home is well-maintained and move-in ready. You can do an initial deep cleaning and then tidy up every day to stay on track. A high-quality vacuum can help you with this task. A bagged model works well because it makes cleaning even more effective, as it traps all the dirt and debris that vacuuming accumulates and allows you to seamlessly transfer it to the trash can. If your schedule is jam-packed and you can’t clean on your own, one suggestion is to hire a cleaning service.
Stage playrooms. If your home has a flex room the children use, Realtor suggests staging the room with a different identity. Store equipment including pool tables, video games, play kitchens and such in your storage unit. Reconfigure the space as an office, exercise room or den by adding appropriate furniture.
Stay on top of trash. Seeing your family’s debris will not only remind buyers you live there, it can be off-putting. Instead of leaving used tissues, banana peels, cotton balls and what-have-you where buyers might spot them, Vogue suggests hanging disposable plastic bags from strategic door knobs. You can make a run through the house before showings and snag them for the outdoor trash bin as you leave.
Make a list. When showings pop up at the last minute, it can be hard to recall all the little things you want to grab or put away before homebuyers visit. One idea is to make a checklist of the tasks you need to tend to before showings. Keep it handy and decide what sort of system will work for you, whether you print copies or save it on your phone.
Selling a home when you have a busy family can be challenging. Talk with your children and take steps to present your home well to buyers. You’ll enjoy a competitive edge with the right preparations.
Kris Louis is mom to two rambunctious boys aged 7 and 10. A former advertising copywriter, she recently created parentingwithkris.com, where she puts her skills to work writing about the trials and tribulations of parenting. Kris, her husband, and two boys live in Durham, NC.