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Getting (and Keeping) Your Home Ready to Show — Even with Kids

Most of the effort that goes into selling a house goes toward helping potential buyers envision themselves living in the space. Buyers need to be able to see the house for what it could be and the memories they could make in it. The more personalized it is to your tastes and lifestyle, the harder it will be to sell the house. Busy parents don’t have a lot of extra time to put into the sale of a house. Keeping that in mind, here are some tips that could make the process easier on you.

Getting Some Help

If you can make it fit within your budget, hiring a professional to stage your home can help. A home stager can assist you with lighting, arrange the furniture in an appealing way, and highlight the great attributes of your house. At the end of a professional stager’s stint in your house, buyers will be drawn in by the warmth, and the investment in the staging will pay off.

Professional stagers are not cheap but if you can afford a good home stager, your house will likely sell quicker and the stress will be taken off of you to figure out what buyers want to see.

Depersonalize Every Room

Some potential buyers may disagree with certain design choices yet still want to make the purchase. For instance, a chair in the wrong corner or a paint color they wouldn’t have chosen are things that they can overlook. There are other personal touches that can stand in the way of a buyer from being able to see themselves living in the house.

Some of the personalized touches that should be avoided are:

  • Family photographs
  • Clothes lying all over the room (with exception of the closet)
  • Certain pieces of art
  • Certain books
  • Diplomas
  • Trophies and awards
  • Too many knickknacks
  • Toys everywhere

Designated Spots

It’s easy for a house to fall into disarray; it can happen within a brief moment. To help you and your family to keep things organized and clutter-free, give everything a spot to fall.

Help your children keep their toys organized by having them choose the toys they love and use the most, with the caveat that it has to fit into one bin or basket. All the other toys can be packed and stored away until the big move. Giving each child one bin or basket is also beneficial in that when a showing happens it is easy for you and them to round up the toys and stash them away.

Use Creative Options

Potential buyers will scrounge through your closets and open drawers to get a feel for storage and space within the home. You want those areas to look as organized as possible, but you still need to live in your home and your family still needs to be able to function. Wherever possible, try adding some creative storage options to your home that not only will add to the design but also hide away your belongings in places buyers won’t look.

Here are some storage options that may work for you:

For a short period of time, while going through the process, selling a home can feel like a full-time job. Add on raising a family, careers, and daily responsibilities, it can get overwhelming if not prepared for. If possible, start by enlisting the help of a professional to stage your house. Then organize, give everything a place and use creative storage solutions. In no time, the stress of a sale and move will be but a distant memory.

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