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The Best Advice for Busy Families Preparing to Sell a Home

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Money-Saving Tips to Keep Your Home Show-Ready with Kids

When you have little ones running around, keeping your home in top shape for showings can feel like an endless battle. You just don’t have the time to constantly pick up after your kids, but hiring someone to come in and clean every day can get expensive pretty quickly. Fortunately, getting organized and putting together a simple cleaning plan will help you keep the mess under control and ensure your home always looks beautiful and inviting to potential buyers.

Purchase a Few Decorative Pieces

Staged homes spend less time on the market and sell for more money than un-staged homes, but you don’t necessarily have to pay for a professional staging to enjoy these benefits. Take some time to research other homes in your area to see what your competition is doing and get a better idea of what your potential buyers expect. It might help to look at listings that are comparable to yours in size and price (on average, homes have sold for $246,000 in Ormond Beach this past month). If you’re in a seller’s market, you may not have to put as much effort into staging to attract interested buyers.

Consider saving some money by staging your home yourself! For example, this may involve rearranging your furniture to define the purpose of each room and create a welcoming traffic flow for your visitors. You might also want to purchase a few accessories to add some visual interest and luxury to your home. Big retailers like Macy’s sell affordable décor pieces for your staging needs, from fluffy bath towels to crisp kitchen linens to decorative pillows, all of which can make a huge difference. Just be sure to grab some Macys coupons before shopping so you can save even more.

Declutter and Sell Unwanted Items

According to Travelers, decluttering your home is an essential part of preparing it for sale. Potential buyers will have a much easier time picturing their lives in your home if the space is neat and organized. Plus, removing clutter will make it easier for you to keep everything clean. Getting rid of stuff before moving to your new house will also help you reduce your moving costs and avoid renting a storage unit for your possessions while your home is on the market. Selling your stuff will also help offset the costs associated with selling your home!

Get Everyone Involved

Once your home is set up to welcome house-hunters, make a plan to keep it clean all the time. Get your kids involved by giving them certain duties, like emptying the dishwasher, wiping down counters, and making their own beds every morning. Simplifying your cleaning supplies will help you save stress and money during this period of constant cleaning. The Spruce recommends several great ways to save money on cleaning supplies without sacrificing cleaning power. For example, avoid buying different specialty cleaners for each and every surface in your home. Mild dish soap and water will take care of everything, from your bathroom mirrors to kitchen counters.

Develop a Last-Minute Action Plan

Finally, write out a last-minute cleaning plan so you’re prepared to polish up your house when buyers are on the way. Keep empty baskets in a closet (IKEA sells storage baskets for $12.99) so you and your kids can run around and pick up any toys, books, and papers left around the home. Open all the blinds and turn on the lights so your home appears bright and welcoming. Wipe down surfaces, give the floor a quick sweep, and swap out old towels and pillows for your staging items. Then, when your home looks stunning, get out of the house to give your buyers some space. Take your kids to a nearby park for a picnic or playground visit and enjoy some free fun and fresh air!