If You’re a Busy Parent Trying to Sell a Home, You Need These Tips
Looking for easy ways to stage and prep your home for a quick sale? Also, do you have a schedule packed with work meetings and soccer practices? Juggling the responsibilities of selling a home and parenthood can be tricky. What can you do to make the process easier on you and your family? Well, you can try incorporating these three tips into your staging plans.
To Save Your Sanity, Use Experienced Professionals
If you have room in your budget, you should consider hiring pros to help you keep your home staged, cleaned and ready to be shown whenever needed. It may sound strange to pay someone to stage your home, but professional stagers know how to place furniture and decor to maximize space inside your home. You would be surprised to see how much difference adding a chair or taking out a table can make in attracting potential offers on your home. Hiring a professional decorator for home staging will run you around $822, per HomeAdvisor, but it can help you sell your home faster and for more money too. A decorator can stage your home perfectly but he/she will not help you keep your home looking perfectly tidy. For that, look into hiring professional cleaners to give your home a deep cleaning, and keep up with cleaning while your home is on the market. Make sure the cleaners you hire know you are trying to sell your home so they will know to keep your home looking extra tidy and neat.
If You Can’t Hire Pros, Keep These Easy Staging Tips in Mind
Hiring someone to stage and clean your home will definitely improve your stress levels. But sometimes those little extras just won’t fit into your family’s budget. That’s perfectly okay! You can still successfully stage your home to sell as swiftly as possible. First, focus on getting rid of any clutter, including large furniture items. Your buyers need to see themselves living in your house, so also take down anything that gives your rooms a more personal touch.
Since you do not want to clutter up your garage or storage areas, you should look into other places to stash your excess belongings. If you have family or friends nearby, ask them for a little help. If not, research local storage units where you can keep your goods safe and out of sight for potential home buyers who are interested in your home. You can even check into portable storage solutions that will drop your belongings off at your new home when you are ready to start moving in and settling down.
Put Extra Effort Into Keeping Your Yard and Home Tidy
Rearranging your furniture will help your home look more spacious, but buyers also pay attention to cleanliness when viewing a property. If you cannot hire the professional cleaners mentioned above, take a day or two to deep clean each room. If your kids are old enough, you can ask them to help you dust fixtures, wipe down surfaces and make your floors sparkle. All that cleaning will help your home look and smell its best for showings, but adding a little curb appeal will help attract more buyers too. Replace any mailboxes, doormats, or house numbers that show signs of wear and tear. You could also add a fresh coat of paint to your front door, but be careful when choosing the color. Some front door colors, like a bold black, can add a lot of value to your home, so consider those shades when boosting your home’s curb appeal.
Keeping your home clean and ready for potential buyers can feel like an impossible game when you are a busy parent. The only way to make that balancing act work for you is to use the tips above or hire professionals to take care of the tougher jobs for you. You can also look to your trusted realtor for advice and for help with making your home selling experience less stressful.
Written By: Kristen Louis of parentingwithkris.com | [email protected]
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