Article Courtesy of: Kris Louis
Selling a home can be stressful. All the work needed to stage and prep your home before the first photo is taken or the first showing is scheduled can feel so overwhelming. Those feelings of stress tend to multiply when kids and pets are in the picture. So if you are a busy parent who is looking to sell your home, use these simple prep tips to save your sanity.
Clean and Spruce Up Your Yards
Curb appeal is so important when you are trying to sell your home. If you have kids and pets, however, your outdoor spaces may need a little bit of attention. You can spruce up those spaces by adding colorful potted plants and fresh coats of paint, but you should also take some time to thoroughly clean up after your pets. After all, you don’t want buyers to see, smell, or step in a big pet mess. So pick up a pet scooper that will make cleaning up after your dog a less stressful and time-consuming job. Some models even allow you to efficiently scoop with one hand, so you can quickly prepare for those unexpected showings when your home is on the market.
Check Out Your Competition
Have you looked at local home listings in your market? If not, you could be missing out on a simple step that can help you attract more buyers and offers. Your home will be competing against those available homes once it is on the market, so take some time to peruse details and photos so you know what seems to be popular with buyers. Checking out local real estate trends can also alert you to whether you will be selling your home in a buyer’s or seller’s market, and that small piece of information can make a big difference in how you market your home. If your local market is a seller’s market, you may not need to work as hard to get your home ready to show and sell. In a buyer’s market, on the other hand, you may need to put some extra effort into helping your property stand out from the competition and attract more potential buyers.
Maintain Your Tidied-Up Home
Cleaning and decluttering are essential for staging a home to make a good first impression. If you can have your kids help with these chores, you can get your home spotless a lot faster, but you may also want to think about allocating some of your prep budget to hiring pros to clean your home. In addition to a thorough deep cleaning, a professional cleaning company can also make keeping your home clean and organized much less of a strain on your routine and schedule. Since having a clean home is so crucial to helping that home sell, investing in professional cleaning services could be a wise choice when it comes to maximizing your staging budget. No room in your budget for this extra expense? With a few simple tricks, you can still keep your home decluttered throughout the week, so you only need to spot-clean for last-minute showings.
Connect With a Real Estate Pro
With a few low-stress and DIY projects, you can get your home into top shape so you can really impress home buyers. Still, even a clean and staged home needs to be marketed correctly in order to attract those buyers in the first place. Which is why before you complete any of the prep or staging steps above, you should talk to your realtor. Your listing agent or real estate pro will know exactly which projects are needed to sell your home, and can even provide valuable resources to help make those projects less stressful and time-consuming. So make sure you hire the perfect real estate agent before you take any more steps to sell your home.
Feeling stressed when you are selling a home can be normal. Feeling overwhelmed doesn’t have to be the norm for busy parents, when they use the tricks and tips above. Best of luck prepping your home and getting it sold quickly!
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