With so many homes on the market these days, it can take a lot of effort to make your home stand out among the crowd. Along with considering minor and major improvements, you also have to clean, organize, and keep it that way. And when you have kids, it can seem even more daunting. If you’re a parent who needs to prepare your home for the market, these seven tips will help.
1. Tell the kids
Moving can be tough for kids. Most of the time, they don’t understand why you have to move, and even if they do, it can be difficult to accept leaving behind everything they’re used to and starting over. Be sure to have a conversation about the move, explaining the reasons and giving them hope that their favorite family traditions and routines will remain intact.
2. Find something for them to do
Unless your kids are chomping at the bit to help you in your deep cleaning endeavors, it can help to have them out of the home during showings and cleaning days. See if you can arrange for a family member or friend to spend time with them. This will allow you to give your full attention to presenting the home in the best light possible .
3. Hire a cleaning service
You’re a parent. You’re busy. If you can budget for it, consider hiring a professional cleaning service to do the heavy lifting. Having cleaners come in once a week can help you focus on your other life commitments, including all the other aspects of the home sale. In Plano, it usually costs $119 - $218 for an interior house cleaning service.
What sells a home faster than anything is when a buyer can picture themselves living in it. That’s hard to do when the home is filled with photos of a different family and someone else’s little league trophies. Depersonalize each room, whether that means removing personal items, painting over kid-themed walls, or anything else it takes to create a blank canvas for buyers.
5. Look into minor fixes
It’s almost certain that you will need to make some changes to your home in order to sell it. This is especially true of cosmetic touches. For instance, painting the walls a neutral color (e.g., beige, gray, tan) can help your home sell. Other tweaks to consider are:
Refinishing hardwood floors
Updating light fixtures
Throwing a vibrant coat of paint on the front door
Shaping up the landscaping
Upgrading the mailbox and house numbers
6. Consider major repairs
You may be able to get by with minor improvements, but it’s important to inspect your home to see if there are more intensive repairs needed. Then, weigh the costs of those repairs with what the home’s market value would be following the repairs. Sometimes, you will need to replace the roof or put in a new HVAC system; other times, the return on investment won’t be worth it. Note that the kitchen and bathrooms are the most critical rooms when selling a home, so consider whether a remodel would help your home stand out.
7. Keep the clutter at bay
Last but not least — declutter the living space and keep it that way. Once you’ve purged your belongings, decided what to keep and toss, and put what you need to In storage, it’s essential to maintain a clutter-free environment. Recruit your kids to help by having them choose a few of their favorite toys to keep while the home is on the market, and establish rules for them to clean up after themselves (if they’re old enough). Be sure to put things away as you go each day, and keep the junk from accumulating. This will make cleaning easier before showings.
Making and keeping a clean home that impresses buyers is possible when you have kids. Talk to your kids about the move, and arrange for them to be out of the house when necessary. Look into a professional cleaning service, depersonalize the home, and consider any minor and major fixes that may be needed. Finally, be vigilant about keeping the home clutter-free while it’s in the market.
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