Cleaning and maintaining your house with children running around is hard enough as it is. The thought of putting your house on the market and getting it ready to sell while you and your family are still living in it may be enough to make you run away in fear. While it won’t be easy, it is only for a temporary amount of time. Let’s discuss a few budget-minded tips to help you out.
It should come as no surprise that the first step to getting your home ready to sell is to declutter and deep clean. No one walks into a dirty, messy house wanting to buy it for themselves. Tackle one room at a time, taking the time and effort to declutter every nook and cranny; there can’t be any junk drawers or overstuffed closets. Potential buyers will want to see every area of your home, including the little spaces and drawers that are usually hidden. You also need to deep clean every space from top to bottom. With children and your busy schedule, this can be a difficult task. It may be worth hiring a cleaning service to come in and get the job done for you (maid services usually charge between $116 and $235. Fortunately, using apps like Tidy, you can find affordable house cleaners who can tackle these big projects for a price your budget can handle.
Once you have a clean and decluttered home, you now need to stage your home. Staging your home means intentionally styling your furniture and décor in a way that makes it the most attractive to potential buyers. Paint over your child’s bright pink bedroom walls, choosing neutral colors all throughout your home. If any of your furniture is worn or damaged, this is a great time to donate, sell, or store it during the sale. Designing an attractive space may not be a talent of yours, so consider hiring a professional to come in and stage your home. If you want to save money and avoid paying someone to stage your home, there are many home-staging guides available online so you can handle this project yourself at a fraction of the cost.
Now you have a beautifully staged, clean home. Unless you are fortunate enough to have a buyer the day you put it on the market, you will likely have weeks ahead full of showings. This means you must maintain this state of perfection during that time. If you are still living in the house with your family, this may be the hardest part of the entire process. Realtor.com offers some great cleaning hacks to keep your house showroom ready at all times, like keeping the countertops clean and focusing on the bathroom and kitchen. It is also helpful to keep cleaning supplies in each room, ready and accessible for a quick clean while you are in there. To help you keep those costs under control, look around online for savings, such as a Target coupon code, which can bring the overall price of those supplies into manageable levels.
With kids and a busy schedule, it’s best to arrange planned showings of your home as opposed to an open house. Hopefully, you will have advanced notice of each showing to ensure your home is ready prior to the potential buyers arriving. Of course, there will be times when your realtor calls and asks to swing by in 20 minutes to show your home to potential buyers. When this happens, it helps to have a plan in order. Keep an affordable plastic bin handy to quickly put away all toys and clutter, and turn on a diffuser with a neutral citrus scent. Most importantly, take your kids out of the house. It’s a great idea to have a prepacked bag with your child’s favorite activities to keep them entertained while you are away.
This time won’t be easy, and it will frequently feel a little chaotic and very stressful. However, just keep in mind that it is temporary and stick to your plan. Once your house sells, you and your budget will be thankful for all your diligent effort and preparation.
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