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How Families With Children Can Prep Their Home for Sale Without Stressing

Guest Blogger: Kristin Louis

Prepping a home for sale, whether you live in Charleston or another city, can be a serious undertaking. You know you need to get and keep your home in top shape in order to help it sell faster. However, if you’re a busy parent, achieving this is no easy feat. That’s why you need some helpful tips and tricks to make preparing your home and selling it easier to manage in an already busy family routine. Be sure to keep the following in mind: 

Break Down Decluttering into Manageable Tasks

When kids are in the house, staying organized can feel stressful. If you’re looking around your home and feeling overwhelmed by clutter, know that you can go room by room to make sorting and getting rid of items much easier on your schedule. Tackle one or two areas each weekend, using designated bins to divide household belongings into purposeful piles. You’re likely to end up with things you need to toss, things you want to keep, and things you’re not quite sure what to do with yet. For the latter, you can think about renting a storage unit so your home won’t be cluttered for showings and open houses, but it’s really best to be as decisive as possible. Using a clutter scale can help you make better decisions when clearing your home. You can also follow these organizational tips to keep your home tidy.

Hire Professional Cleaners to Save More Time 

If you want to sell your home, it needs a deep cleaning. That deep cleaning can take time and effort, both of which can be priceless commodities to busy parents. So instead of tackling it on your own, consider hiring a professional to do a thorough house cleaning. Having a weekly or bi-weekly cleaning session can be invaluable when you are trying to sell your home, and also trying to juggle your family’s schedule. 

Devote Time and Effort to Improve Landscaping 

Cleaning and decluttering the inside of your home before listing is always important, but you also need to stage the outside to attract more potential buyers. So take some time to clean up your yard, trimming down any overgrown plants, trees or bushes, and also repairing or refreshing swing sets that may already be in your backyard. If you have toys or other smaller items laying about, be sure to pick those up before you start showing your home. You can also invest in some landscaping upgrades, like fresh mulch and gravel, which will get your home off the market faster without costing you a fortune. Improving the landscaping is a good way to make a good first impression on homebuyers and increase your home’s curb appeal

Have a Family Plan for Any Last-Minute Showings 

With a spotless home and improved curb appeal, you’re sure to have more people dropping in to take a look at your home. While that can be good for sales, sometimes showings can come up at a moment’s notice. That can be stressful for families with children, but you can relieve that stress by being prepared with some family-friendly activities. Here in Charleston, there are so many activities and adventures for families to explore. Take your kids out to visit some historical areas or enjoy some outdoor time, so you won’t be stressed or bored when you need to get out of your home quickly. You can also implement these quick cleaning and organizational tasks to get your home show-ready for those last-minute showings.

Listing your family’s home doesn’t have to leave you stressed about preparing it to sell. You just need to plan ahead, if possible, to check those to-dos off your list and hire help when needed. Follow these easy steps to sell your home without added stress for your family.


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