Showing homes is a very stressful experience, but when you add children and pets to the mix, that stress increases tenfold. Any real estate agent will tell you that the cleaner the home is, the more show-ready it is for potential buyers. However, between work, school, and daily life, it’s difficult to find the time to keep your home looking fantastic. These tips and tricks can help busy parents prepare their home for sale while keeping it clutter-free for showings.
Use Only One Bathroom
Bathrooms are places we use on a regular basis. As such, they get dirty very quickly, and it can take some time to get them clean. If your home has multiple bathrooms, try your best to only use one while your home is on the market. That way, when your real estate agent schedules a showing at the last minute, you’ll only have one bathroom to tidy up. Other great ways to stay on top of cleaning is to wipe down the tub or shower after every use, clean the sink and counter after every time you wash your hands or brush your teeth, and mop the floor each day. If you don’t have enough time to complete all of these tasks before the home showing, Realtor.com explains that you don’t have to clean everything; instead, focus on what buyers will notice right away. By following these steps, keeping your bathroom clean doesn’t have to be a chore.
Establish a Routine
If time management is a problem, consider establishing a routine. However, this routine doesn’t have to be overly complicated to be effective. According to DreamsandCoffee.com, you can even create morning and night routines. Morning routines, for example, can include making the bed as soon as you are up and ready, putting clothes in the washer or dryer, and cleaning off counters. Nightly routines can include folding laundry, vacuuming or mopping, and putting toys away. You can also create an end-of-the-week routine that can include things like putting new sheets on the beds and ensuring nothing has been overlooked.
If you are more of a detail-oriented person, try creating a checklist. These to-do lists allow you to complete more than you initially had planned. By marking each job off, you know that everything will be completed and look great when a prospective buyer stops by. Your checklist should include important tasks such as removing pets from the home, safely securing valuables, and ensuring there are some snacks and refreshments for the potential buyers. By carefully organizing your time, you can create a spotless house that’s perfect for showings.
Consider Taking a Family Vacation
If you’d rather leave the hassle behind for a little while, consider heading out on vacation with the family. If you have an opportunity to leave the home to the Realtor for a couple of weeks, it might save everyone more than a few headaches. For instance, you can take the family on a cross-country trip or visit relatives who live far away. If possible, plan it around the holidays, as there’s less competition during the winter season and it’s easier to schedule your trip around kids and work. If you’re savvy with your time and plan things out with your realtor, you can make selling your home a stress-free experience — with no cleaning required.
Selling a home can be a hassle, especially for busy parents. These tricks can help make the process manageable and organized, which will make everything less stressful in the end.