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Stress-Free Ways For Busy Parents to Prep a Home For Sale


Parenting and home ownership are very rewarding, but they definitely come with their fair share of stressors. These two stressors collide when it’s time to put your home on the market. There’s a lot to consider when selling your home, especially if you’re a busy parent. Luckily, you can plan ahead for showings. That way, if a buyer wants to see your home at the last minute, you’ll feel prepared.

No matter how stretched your schedule might be, here are some ways you can maintain a spotless, clutter-free home that prospective buyers will fall in love with.

Last-Minute Showings

Last-minute showings are quite common in today’s 24/7 real estate market. Even with 15 minutes’ notice, you can quickly make your home presentable for a showing. The trick is to prepare in advance:



  • Let there be light. Buyers don’t want to purchase a dreary house. Open the blinds or drapes, and let your light-filled home shine.

  • Freshen the air. Spray some air fresheners if needed. Stop smoking in the home, and proactively paint the walls with a layer of primer like Kilz to lock in old cigarette smells.

  • Focus on the kitchen. We spend a lot of time in our kitchens, so these gathering spaces are a crucial selling factor in a new home. Spend any extra time cleaning, scrubbing, or decluttering your kitchen counters, tables, and floors.

  • Leave. Buyers might feel distracted if homeowners are present during a showing. If you have pets, bring them with you, and consider airing out the home for a few minutes to reduce odors.

Keeping It Clean

According to Kiplinger, today’s home buyers are looking for move-in ready homes. That means your home should be as clean, spotless, and odor-free as possible. Of course, keeping your home clean is easier said than done when you have kids. What’s a busy parent to do? One trick that can help is de-cluttering your home.

Tidying expert Marie Kondo recommends donating, selling, or giving away any items you no longer use. You might also invest in an affordable storage unit and unload one-third to one-half of your belongings. That way, you’ll have fewer items cluttering the home, making it easier for you to keep your house clean.

Hire Some Help

When it comes to selling your home, there are probably some big projects that you just don’t have time or energy to complete on your own. That’s where contractors can come in handy. You might hire a cleaning service to give your home a good scrubbing, or pay professional contractors to finish any necessary repairs.

For smaller projects, like painting the walls or adding a self-adhesive backsplash, you might even call on trusted friends and relatives to help. You don’t have to do everything yourself and, by delegating to those who can help you, you’ll be free to focus on other essential tasks.

Buy a New Home First

By moving into a new home sooner, you’ll be able to properly clean, repair, and stage your current home to sell. If you need help coming up with a down payment prior to selling your home, you might use home equity. Home equity lines of credit borrow against your current mortgage, helping you cover down payment costs. When going this route,CNBC recommends leaving 20 percent equity in your current home as “a cushion in case prices fall.” Before making a decision, crunch numbers and talk to a financial adviser or loan officer. After all, moving is a major event, and you’ll want to do what’s best for your family’s unique situation.

Moving can be stressful at any age, and it impacts our children just as much as it affects ourselves. A recent study showed that 1 in 10 children experienced anxiety as a result of “moving to a new home or neighborhood.” That’s why it’s so important to prepare ahead of time. Proactive planning makes selling your home easier for everyone in the family.

Author: Kristin Louis

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