Saturday, August 10, 2019
Ideas For Preparing Your Home For Sale - Eliminate The Stress
When a home is on the market, it needs to be staged properly in order to sell quickly. If you are selling your home while dealing with a busy parent schedule, however, keeping your home clean and presentable can be stressful. So, use these super easy staging, organizing, and cleaning tips to make the job much more manageable.
Declutter and Downsize First
Clutter can make your home look smaller and less inviting to potential buyers. Some things you would not even think of as clutter, like family photos, can be distracting to people who are trying to imagine themselves living in your house. Before you move onto other staging projects, spend some time picking up any random items and donate those items if you can. If you have tons of toys, seasonal apparel, or holiday decor, you may even want to consider placing them in storage to make those last-minute cleanups before showings much easier on you. Renting a storage unit is often a smart choice for home sellers, but it can get expensive, so shop around for the best deals. Prices range considerably; for example, in the Huntersville area, a 5’x10’ unit can be rented for as little as $40 a month even though the average price for these units is $65 per month.
Invest in Some More Stylish Storage
Putting some stuff away into a storage unit can help you keep your home staged. When you have busy kids and a busy schedule to attend to, however, you may need to keep some necessities in your home. If you need to store a few things around your house or do not want to rent a storage unit, you can use stylish storage options to keep those items from distracting potential buyers. Crates, baskets, boxes, and bins can all make tidying up quickly less challenging and even add some style to your staged home. This is an especially neat trick for families with busy entryways, and it can help keep closets looking tidy too. When buyers view your home, they are bound to sneak a peek into closets, as well as other storage spaces. So, make sure you spend some time organizing pantries, cabinets and other seemingly hidden spots.
Deep Clean and Then Maintain Order
If you can pick up clutter and neatly tuck smaller items away, you can make your home look and feel more presentable. However, it’s also important that your home be as clean as possible when it is being listed on the real estate market. This is a task that you simply cannot skip, so plan on spending some time on a good deep cleaning. Get the kids out of the house and then work on wiping down surfaces, removing any grime and getting floors looking their best. If you’re short on time, you can hire a professional cleaning service to do the job for you.
Once you have your home sparkling, clean and shiny, it should be easier to keep it that way. Pick up items and put them away in storage bins as soon as you are done using them, and encourage your children to do the same. Also, spend a few hours each day cleaning one room or area to prevent yourself from having to deep clean over and over again.
Don’t Hesitate to Buy or Hire Help
Doing all the cleaning, decluttering, and staging mentioned above can help you save money. If your schedule is already filled with other responsibilities and you have some wiggle room in your budget, you may want to just invest in some helpful tools. A good robot vacuum can make keeping up with dirt and spills on floors much less stressful.
Do you still have a little in your budget to spare? You can really help your home sell and make your life easier by investing in a professional home stager (home stagers usually charge $500 - $600 per room). This will take all of the guesswork out of staging and prepping your home so you can use your brainpower for more pressing matters.
Stop stressing out about staging and selling your home! With the tips above, you can knock out all of those cleaning and decluttering tasks — even if you are the busiest of parents.
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