How Busy Parents Can Spend and Stress Less While Getting Their Home Ready to Sell
You’ve decided to sell your home and the excitement is building. You’re looking forward to this next adventure, and the kids are hyped up and ready to explore a new home and neighborhood. As a busy parent, you know that a big change like moving is sure to be a little stressful, not to mention costly. Fortunately, there are several ways you can keep costs down, all while maintaining your sanity.
Declutter Quickly and Strategically
Ask any realtor and they’ll tell you decluttering is one of the most important parts of getting your home ready to sell. Prospective buyers need to be able to picture themselves in your home, and the mountain of toys and stuff piled up make it hard to do. Before you start, go ahead and load up on plastic storage bins (Amazon has plenty of budget-friendly options) as opposed to flimsy cardboard so you can store and organize items now and in your new home. If you can, try to arrange for the kids to have a weekend away so you can focus on getting this done. To make the most of your decluttering session, plan out what room you’ll tackle when, and keep only what you need and use. This can be an issue when it comes to your children’s belongings, so consider giving the 20 toy rule a try.
On to the Cleaning
If you’re like most parents, you probably spend way more than you care to admit on wipes, paper towels, and cleaning spray. To save on cleaning supplies to get your home showing-ready (and for future kid-induced messes), opt for store brand cleaning products. For example, Walmart’s Great Value brand is cheaper than name brands and still gets the job done, plus you’re more likely to find coupons and savings. You can also use household products for quick cleaning, such as vinegar, lemon, and baking soda. Since your home is going to be shown to buyers, you’ll want to clean everything from top to bottom. It’s a large undertaking, so get the kids involved and making cleaning fun by turning it into a game or challenge. This all might be easier said than done, so hire a cleaning service if you are low on time and patience.
Stage Like a Pro
You’ve probably watched a home improvement show or two and seen the picture perfect results a professional home stager can create. But have you seen the price tag? Save big by staging your home yourself. Decluttering and cleaning are the biggest part of staging, so you’re already well on your way. Rearrange furniture so there is room to move about, and remove any pieces that are too large for the area. Focus your effort on rooms that need the most work, such as the small bedroom for example. Decorate and add personality to your home with small accent pieces. You can dig out unused décor and vases, or pick up some decorative pillows or wall mirrors at retailers like Macy’s to add color and make rooms look larger. Remember that you can save more by using a Macys coupon or promo code. If you have the time, you can also find some unique and cheap décor at yard sales or thrift stores.
Find Local Fun for Showing Day
Showings will be scheduled both in advance and at the last minute, so have a list of places you and the kids can go for an hour or two. There’s plenty of free fun in the Fargo area such as visiting the various parks along the Red River or seeing how many painted bison you can spot. There are indoor options as well, including museums, art galleries, or exploring the shops downtown. You could use the time away to do not so fun things too like errands, homework, or finally getting your oil changed.
Getting your home in shape to show off to prospective buyers is a challenge when you have kids and a budget, but it’s not impossible. Clean, declutter, and stage in chunks, and involve the kids when necessary. Make plans for showing day, do some deep breathing, and rest assured that you’ll eventually be settled into a brand new home.