1. Declutter and Organize
As with any home that is going to be placed on the market, be sure to declutter and get organized. This means you need to have a plan.
Start with one room and work from there. The easiest way is usually when the children are at school. If they are not in school or daycare, it will make the cleanup easier if you can find someone to babysit and keep your children occupied outside of the home.
Pack up, give away, and/or toss a large majority of the toys and have one or two weeks worth of clothes for each child.
2. Have Showing Delays
You do not want to be unreasonable and too strict about what hours and days your home can be shown. If you limit the time too much, your home will likely not sell quickly. To sell your home, people need to be able to see your home.
Ask your agent about being given a certain amount of notice prior to showings. A 30-60 minute notice is not unusual in order to do any last minute picking up and to get the family out of the house.
3. Give Your Children Chores
Many times it is easier to just do these chores yourself. Having the children help to keep the house clean and tidy will include them in the process of selling the home.
Have the children fix up their beds as well as they can. Make a list of chores appropriate for their age and have a checklist for each child.
Children can often put dishes in the dishwasher. They can clean off the bathroom counters and wash out the sinks. Children can straighten towels. They can pick up their toys. If there are showings, they can help vacuum and turn on lights. Have the children open the blinds to help make the house appears bright and open.
4. Make Your Own Checklist
Adults need to also have a checklist each day as well. If you have a delay in showings, make sure you can make your house is showing ready within that amount of time. Vacuum, mop the floors, do the dishes, and make the rooms as perfect as you can each morning. As someone once said, have your home look like the Queen of England is coming over for tea.
If you prepare your home each morning for any showing that day, the 30-60 minutes notice you may have will be enough time to pick up last minute objects and do any light cleaning you may need to have done before leaving the house.
5. Pre-Cook Meals
Keeping the kitchen clean can be one of the most difficult chores in selling a home. Preparing meals for 10-14 days that can be microwaved or merely placed in the oven at the end of the day will cut down on your daily cleaning.
Katie Coleman, Broker, BA, JD, CIPS, MRP, PSA
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I am a real estate broker, attorney and mediator. I am blogging from my own ideas and perspective. Although I am a licensed attorney, these are not intended to be legal advise.