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Prepping Your Home For Sale: A Guide For Busy Parents

Preparing a home to put it on the market can be overwhelming if you don't have a good plan, and for many families, it's tough to find the time to get everything taken care of. When you're a busy parent, it can also be difficult to make sure your house stays clean and organized while it's on the market. Fortunately, there are several simple ways you can do to make sure your home is in good shape when it goes up for sale, as well as things you can do to keep it that way.

One of the easiest ways to get started is to declutter your home and get rid of all the items you don't need right away. Not only will this help you keep things clean, but it also will be a huge benefit when it comes to packing and moving.

Keep reading for some great tips on how to stage your house for sale when you're a busy parent.

Get organized

Getting your home organized will help you keep things neat and clean, so look for simple ways you can ensure everything is in its place. For example, the kitchen and bathrooms might benefit from storage solutions, while the living room can be more streamlined by removing a piece of furniture. It's best to make the space look bigger, so you can attract buyers.

Store unused items

One of the most stressful parts of having your home on the market is knowing that there may be drop-ins from time to time when a potential buyer wants to have a look around. This can be especially hard on parents who find themselves constantly cleaning and picking up toys. Pack up all the things you don't need and put them into storage until the move. According to Sparefoot, prices can vary by about $79.13 monthly (depending on the time of year) for a storage unit in New York.

Find a pet sitter

If you have pets, it may be easier if you secure a sitter or board them while your home is on the market. This will allow you to keep them safe, prevent any issues with potential buyers and keep your home clean and odor-free. Look online to find out if there are boarders near you, or ask a close friend or family member to give your pets a temporary home just until you're ready to move.

Make repairs

Making small repairs around the house now will prevent potential issues with buyers down the road, and with those out of the way you can focus on getting organized. Leaky faucets, peeling paint and light bulbs that need to be replaced are all easy fixes that will help you get a quick sale and won't break the bank.

Create some curb appeal

Creating curb appeal will help sell your home quickly, but if you do it right, you can also make the exterior of your home much easier to take care of while it's on the market. Reduce the amount of grass you have to mow and water by laying down mulch or placing paving stones around the landscape. Add hanging baskets of flowers instead of planting them.

Prepping your home for sale is a big job, but it doesn't have to be an overwhelming one. As a busy parent, you already have a lot on your plate. With a good plan, you can ensure that your house will be a quick sale without lingering on the market, and you won't have to sacrifice too much time.

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