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.
While this may seem like a bummer, it is essential to selling your home.
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!)
Guess what time is perfect for back-to-school shopping? House-showing time!
To get kids out of the house during showings, come up with a list of kid-friendly outings or activities you can take.
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!).
Create a Cozy Atmosphere Before You Head Out
Before grabbing the kids and making yourself scarce, be sure to create an inviting and warm atmosphere for your buyers. Here are some general tips for last-minute staging:
- Open all the windows — pull back the curtains, raise the blinds, and let in the light!
- Light a soft-scented candle (nothing too crazy) or put out a bowl of potpourri to cover up any odors.
- Set some calm, instrumental music to play in the background.
- Put out a bowl of treats for potential buyers to munch on as they tour your home.