From cleaning your home from top to bottom to hiring movers to holding open houses, selling your home and moving is not a decision to be made lightly. And when you have children, taking care of all of these time-consuming tasks is even more difficult.
As a busy parent, you might be nervous about showing your home to buyers when you know that your kids can’t help being messy. These tips will help you get your family’s clutter under control before your real estate agent starts bringing buyers to your front door.
Make Necessary Repairs
Before you even get out the garbage bags to start the decluttering process, you need to ensure that you have taken care of any necessary home maintenance issues. Visible maintenance problems can be a serious turn-off for prospective buyers, so don’t schedule any showings or open houses until you’ve brought in the right contractors to fix them. For example, take note of any leaking pipes, cracked windows, drafty doors, or bigger structural issues that could possibly discourage buyers from putting down an offer.
No More Clutter
Every parent knows that when you have children, clutter is just part of the package deal. But when it’s time to pack up and move, you need to be ruthless about getting rid of clutter.
Encourage your kids to participate in the decluttering process with you. One Country suggests making cleaning up fun by singing songs and keeping a positive attitude as you sort through everything. When it’s time to declutter their rooms and put some of their belongings in storage, ensure that you have their permission before you put any toys or trinkets in a storage unit!
Clean from Top to Bottom
Once your clutter is gone, it’s time to start deep cleaning. You could hire a professional maid service to handle this task, but if you want to save money, it’s easy to do it on your own. You may need to find childcare for your children while you do the bulk of the cleaning — every parent knows how difficult it is to clean up a mess while your child is busy making another!
Create Neutral Spaces
When you’re staging a home, creating a neutral aesthetic is generally a smart approach. This allows potential buyers to envision how they would decorate the interior.
If you want to go with a neutral color scheme for staging purposes, you’ll probably have to make some major changes to your children’s rooms, especially if they are decorated with bright, bold colors! Post Bulletin recommends putting any themed decor in storage, setting up a designated play area in a spare corner, and painting the walls a shade of white or beige.
You’ve decluttered. You’ve deep cleaned. And you’ve staged every room in your home so that it will be aesthetically appealing to buyers. But your work isn’t quite done yet!
Now, you need to develop a daily cleaning schedule so that you can maintain that polished appearance. Remember, your real estate agent could call you up with only an hour or two of notice to let you know that some prospective buyers want to stop by! Keep paper towels, cleaning spray, and a broom within reach so you can act quickly if your kids make a mess.
Finding the right buyer for your home can take a while, and if you want to speed up the process, you’ll want to make your home’s interior and exterior look as attractive as possible. If you can get your kids to lend you a helping hand as you clean up, you’ll have no problem making your home stand out during showings!
-Contributed by Kristin Louis