4 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Sale When You’re a Single Parent
Preparing your house for sale can be a tedious process when all the stars align and all the best scenarios play out. And when you’re a single parent, a challenging feat can become overwhelming. However, there are four things you can do to help sell your home quicker:
Seek Professional Advice
Looking at your house from the perspective of a potential buyer will help you identify what you can do to prepare your house for sale. Recruit a real estate agent to walk you through the process. A real estate agent who has experience selling nearby homes should have the best knowledge on what leads to a sale. They can give you an honest viewpoint of what your house looks like to buyers as well.
Declutter Your Entire House
Trying to declutter just your personal belongings can feel overwhelming. Adding in children and all they want/need can feel downright daunting. You’re only human and can only tackle what you can, when you can. The trick is to start as soon as possible (preferably the moment “sale” is thought of) and to do a little every day. You will also find that decluttering will make your move go smoother.
Some tips to put into practice include:
- Make a plan to go room by room.
- Get everyone in the household to chip in, whether they are decluttering their items or are in charge of helping to pack.
- Sort what you want to keep, toss, sell or donate as you go through your belongings. Use stylish baskets to store a small amount of toys, blankets and other belongings.
- Use storage ottomans to hide away personal items when potential buyers come for a viewing, particularly if you are working with a large living space.
- Put any personal items and décor that you’re not using on a daily basis in storage for safekeeping. You can typically choose weekly or monthly storage. If you go with a 5×5 unit, for example, you can find prices in Fresno as low as $51.
Limit Personal Touches
The goal in preparing your home for potential buyers to see is to create an atmosphere they can envision themselves living in. Again, get the whole family involved in doing the following:
- Storing away photos and drawings
- Painting rooms in neutral colors
- Removing stickers from walls or furniture
- Rolling up posters and storing them away
- Putting away candles with strong scents
Also, most buyers look in closets to check out the size. So if you have a chest of drawers, put clothes in there and reduce what is in the closet, or pack away all but the essentials. Moreover, hide away or store toys in a designated spot. Assign your kids the task of putting away their stuff every evening and morning.
Stage Your Home
If you like design, this is the fun part: staging. Make your house ready for photos, viewings and open houses. You will have already done the base work by getting advice, decluttering and limiting the personal touches. Now it’s time to reduce the amount of furniture in rooms that look small, add lighting to dark corners, and bring in mirrors to make rooms look bigger. Finally, don’t forget the exterior; buyers do judge a book by its cover, so curb appeal is important. Spruce up your landscaping, repaint the front door, and power wash the exterior.
If you feel stuck, ask for friends and family to give input and labor. And if you have the means, you may want to invest in a professional stager, cleaner and/or gardener to help reduce your stress and ensure your house sells as quickly as possible. For a housecleaning service, you can expect to pay around $233 in Fresno.
If you approach selling your home with a plan in mind, you will be able to get it on the market and sell it quickly. Seek guidance from a real estate agent who will be on your side and steer you in the right direction. Then, tackle the clutter, personal touches and staging in your home to make it buyer ready. Most importantly, remember that you can do this, even as a single parent!
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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.