The Secrets to Keeping Your Kid-Friendly Home Ready to Show: Written by Alexis Hall
California homes spend an average of 56 days on the market before selling, according to the current Zillow data. That’s a lot of time to keep your house spotless for showings, especially if you have kids. With the right strategy, however, you can eliminate frantic cleanups and keep your house tidy in just a few minutes per day. Here’s a few tips on Keeping Your Kid-Friendly Home Ready to Show!
Arm Yourself with the Right Tools
If you have to hunt for cleaning supplies every time you want to wipe down a counter, you’re less likely to do it. Make cleaning convenient by stocking your house with the right tools in the right places. Here’s what you need.
- A convenient vacuum. Don’t make yourself lug a heavy corded vacuum around the house for every quick cleanup. There are lightweight, cordless, and even robotic vacuums on the market that take the work out of cleaning floors. Do some research online to find a vacuum that fits your budget and your family’s needs, whether you have pets, allergies, or a baby you can’t afford to wake with a noisy vacuum.
- Hidden storage. You won’t always have time to put clutter exactly where it needs to go, but you can get it out of sight. Buy storage baskets that fit your décor and place one in each high-traffic room so you can corral clutter quickly.
- Cleaning caddies. Stash supply caddies in the busiest rooms of the house and stock them with a multipurpose cleaning spray, cleaning wipes, dusting cloths, and room-specific cleaning supplies.
Bust Your Clutter
Cleaning is easier when your home isn’t overrun with clutter. Tackle these tasks before the first showing to make clean-ups faster and improve your home’s staging.
- Box up non-essentials. If you don’t need an item over the coming weeks, pack it now. You’ll get a head start on packing and make your home appear more spacious.
- Haul unwanted items to the donation center. Items you don’t plan to keep can be sold or donated, but donating is usually faster and easier. Learn the best places to donate your stuff at Extra Space Storage.
- Organize closets and cupboards. Yes, buyers will look in these spaces, so it’s best to prepare ahead of time. Deal with your junk drawer, pare down your dinnerware collection, and use storage bins to give closets a tidy appearance.
- Scale back kids’ toys. Every parent knows the horror of walking in on a toy tornado. Reduce kids’ capacity to create messes by shrinking their toy stash.
Stay On Top of Daily Tasks
These are the tasks we recommend handling daily:
- Sweep and vacuum. After having your carpets professionally cleaned, sweep and vacuum high-traffic areas daily to maintain them.
- Clear and wipe down surfaces. Kitchen and bathroom counters, tables, and desks are hot spots for clutter. Put items away and wipe down surfaces to reduce germs and dust.
- Wash dishes and dirty clothes. You can’t afford to let your laundry and dishes pile up when a showing could be scheduled at any time. Get in the habit of completing these chores before bed each night.
- Clean up pet messes. Dirty litter boxes and dog messes in the backyard are unsightly and contribute to odor. Daily scooping keeps it under control.
Following these tips makes getting out of the house for showings so much easier. With these strategies in place, you can pick up clutter, wipe surfaces, and leave your home fresh and tidy in a matter of minutes. As a result, your house shows better and sells faster — and you get to skip the frenzied last-minute cleanups that sellers dread.
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Alexis Hall is a single mom to three kids. She created SingleParent.info to provide support and advice for the many families out there with only one parent in the household. She works as an in-home health nurse. When she isn’t working or spending time with her kids, she enjoys running and hiking and is currently training for a triathalon.