Keep Your House Spotless for Showings
You’ve realized that your current home is no longer a good fit for your family, and you’re just about ready to put that bright red “For Sale” sign up in your front yard and start prepping your home for prospective buyers. But with your kids leaving their fingerprints on windows and toys scattered around the living room, you’re wondering how on earth you’re going to make it look spotless for showings.
When you have children, staging your home for sale will always present certain challenges, but these tips will help you spruce up your space before interested parties walk through the door.
Check Out the Competition
Need some inspiration for your staging choices? Go online and check out other real estate listings nearby. If you want to attract buyers, your home needs to stand out, and some markets are more competitive than others. For example, if you’re selling your home in Frisco, TX, you should be aware that according to Redfin, the market is “somewhat competitive,” with some homes receiving multiple offers and highly coveted homes going pending in under a month.
Once you have an idea of the kind of features and aesthetics that buyers in your area are looking for, you can make the appropriate staging choices. Generally, you’ll want to focus on improving your home’s curb appeal and depersonalizing your interior.
Declutter and Deep Clean
Before moving your furniture or purchasing any new decor for staging purposes, you’ll need to work alongside your kids to declutter your home. Chances are, your child will need to say goodbye to some of their toys. Kveller suggests starting by getting rid of any toys that are broken. Letting go of certain toys can bring out strong emotions in your child, so be patient with this process!
Once you’ve finally tossed all your clutter, it’s time to get your broom and mop ready so that you can deep clean your home. Kids can be quite messy, so you’ll need to scrub every nook and cranny of your house to make sure that you’ve erased all of the dirt and grime. You may consider hiring a cleaning service, which will cost $219 on average in Frisco.
Establish an Organizational System
If you want to be ready for a showing at a moment’s notice, you’ll need to have your kids on board with your cleaning routine. Make sure that you show your children exactly where they should put their belongings when they are done using them. Older kids should be able to manage this on their own, but young children will need some more guidance! It helps to have clear, designated storage for their toys, which you can stow away when potential buyers are stopping by.
Put a Pause on Playdates
When your children have their friends over, you’ll undoubtedly have a mess to clean up at the end of the playdate! For now, it’s best to put a pause on playdates at your home. Instead, let your children know that you will drive them to their friends’ houses for playdates. Otherwise, you could easily find yourself scrambling to clean up a huge mess and get their friends home before a surprise showing.
Master the Art of Tidying Up
Once you have decluttered and deep cleaned, you need to stay on top of your cleaning and organizational efforts. To keep your home looking polished, you’ll have to nail down a quick tidy-up routine. Love to Know recommends wiping down surfaces, deciding on a place to quickly stash clutter to get it out of sight, and adding a little ambiance with the right lighting and a fragrant spritz of air freshener.
Moving can be exhausting for both children and adults. Emotions are running high, and it can be tough to keep your household organized. But if you put in the time to deep clean, declutter, and tidy up on a regular basis, buyers will be wowed when they see your home!
Contributed By Kristin Louis <[email protected]
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