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Attention Parents: This is How You Can Keep Your Home Clean When You’re Prepping It to Sell

If you are a parent, life is probably a whirlwind adventure, and you are likely just trying to keep things moving. If you have to add on the sale of your house to your busy life with kids, you are probably feeling a bit of chaos and stress in trying to get your house in shape. This article will give you some useful tips on prepping your home for sale, as well as how to keep it clean and clutter-free throughout the process.

Get the Kids Involved

The sale of a home requires constant and tedious cleanliness so that your home is more attractive to a potential buyer. Typically, with kids, the moment you clean a room, they will then destroy it. So, how do you find balance? Get the kids actively involved. Their involvement will not only keep the house tidier, but will also take some of the load off you. Have your kids clean up toys daily and give them their own cleaning bins with cleaning supplies that are age-appropriate. If the whole family is constantly putting away laundry, dusting, washing dishes, sweeping, vacuuming, and wiping down counters, those last-minute showings won’t feel so overwhelming.

Get a Vacuum

Anyone who has gone through the sale of a home knows that there is a certain amount of stress and unpredictability that goes with it. In an attempt to find a buyer and have the home sell quickly, you are at the mercy of realtors, buyers, various schedules, and spontaneous showings. You'll need to prepare for those times when you get a surprise call from your realtor informing you that a potential buyer is on the way to look at the house. A new vacuum may be the perfect tool for those hurried cleaning sessions. Bagged models are some of the most effective, because they catch all the dirtcatch all the dirt and debris that vacuuming stirs up and allow you to easily transfer it to the trash can.

Get the Clutter Out

Before you even place your home on the market, you should tackle the clutter. Too much clutter prevents buyers from seeing your home’s potential and prevents them from imagining it as their home. You can make this a family event, where each person works on their own space. Each person can also be given “take,” “give,” and “throw away” bins, which will help you efficiently categorize and examine each item and determine where it should go. This step not only prepares your home for showings, but also will make your impending move smoother.

Get It Staged

Take the time to stage your home. You do not need to be a professional and get new furniture to make your home look presentable. In addition to decluttering, you can also start packing items you don’t need to clear out space and make the rooms look wider. Give your kids a designated toy area and give them some responsibility to keep their space tidy (an award system or chore chart may be beneficial here). Take a look at the furniture you have — perhaps a reconfiguration may open up your living space and create an inviting area. In staging your home, you want your house to look relatable and lived in, but also sophisticated and not too personalized.

Parenting can be overwhelming in and of itself, even more so when you’re trying to keep a clean house while getting it ready to sell. Start by getting your kids involved; having them clean up their toys and participate in other household chores will go a long way. Invest in a quality vacuum cleaner to prepare for any last-minute showings that could pop up. Declutter the whole house to create a blank slate for potential buyers. Finally, stage your home to look relatable but sophisticated.

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