As summer draws to a close, so dawns every parent’s favorite season: the beginning of another school year. This time of year can be hectic for every parent, but it may become especially overwhelming if you’re also trying to sell your home.
Don’t worry, though! We’re here to help. We’ve come up with a bonafide game plan to help you sell your home, handle back-to-school season, and maintain your sanity. Ready to learn more?
Here’s what you need to do:
Prepare a Fresh Start with Staging
The first step to staging a home is to create a blank canvas. After all, you want potential buyers to be able to picture their lives in your home. To do that, you’ll need to take down any personal artwork, decorations, or mementos—school accomplishments, artwork your kiddos may have made for you, personal school pictures, and anything else. There is an art to staging, though…removing too many items can make the house seem cold and certain staging techniques seem too “staged”. Your agent can offer guidance here.
Staging is an ESSENTIAL part of a successful sale.
Get Some Extra Storage
Another essential part of staging your home is removing any and all clutter. This may seem impossible with all the new school supplies, clothing, and toys strewn about, but it’s doable—and necessary!
Consider investing in a storage unit to house excess furniture, summer toys, and old clothing, or even replace a bench, ottoman, or coffee table with one that doubles as a storage chest to house excess items.
Plan for Showings (but make it fun!)
To get kids out of the house during showings, come up with a list of kid-friendly outings or activities.
Consider going to the library, a movie theater, an outdoor park or nature center, or the mall to kill some time as your Realtor shows off your home.
Make a Showing-Prep Checklist
As your Realtor schedules your home for showings, try to request at least a one to two hour buffer for each one. Then, create a checklist for what you need to accomplish to get your home showroom-ready before each tour.
Have bags pre-packed for when you need to be out of the house for an extended period of time. Depending on your kiddos, you may want to have have extra diapers, toys, books, games, snacks, and anything else you may need (and keep your list of outings handy!).
Prepare your house every day as though you are expecting a showing (this will be a morning routine)…and will help you avoid stress getting everything ready for a last minute showing. Since you have already removed excess clutter around the house, this is relatively easy to maintain on a daily basis.
Create a Cozy Atmosphere Before You Head Out
- Let the light in— pull back the curtains, raise or open the blinds
- Turn on all lights throughout the house
- Wipe counters and close toilet seats
- Stash toys, make the beds and run the vacuum, if necessary
Want to Sell Your Home Fast (and stress-free)?
Then you need to partner with a real estate agent who knows their stuff. Give us a call today to learn more about how we can help you sell your home for top dollar—without all the extra stress during this busy season.