If you’re like most parents who are selling a home, you’re finding it a huge challenge to keep your kids’ rooms staged and ready for showings – but there are a few tricks you can use to make cleanup a snap, especially when you have 30 minutes of notice that potential buyers are coming to the house to have a peek.

 

3 Simple Ways to Keep Your Kids’ Rooms Staged When Your Home is for Sale

 

First things first: you can’t stage a messy room. However, if you’re in a crunch, you can take the mess with you. (If your car isn’t big enough to hold your kids’ belongings when you need to rush out of the house, invest in a few plastic storage bins. Your kids can empty them out later and put everything where it belongs.)

 

Tip #1: Set Up an Organized System

 

If you’re not too picky about the way your kids leave their personal spaces, now is the time to become that way. It’s okay to require your kids to clean up every day – even to vacuum each afternoon after school, if necessary – while you’re trying to sell your house.

 

Many parents find that setting a room-cleaning schedule helps. Providing kids with easy storage solutions (like those clear, plastic bins) can go a long way.

 

Tip #2: Downsize as Much as You Can

 

Ask your kids to go through their closets and pull out seasonal clothes they won’t wear for a while. Figure out what they’re using and what they’re not using, and if the “not using” list has anything on it, it’s time to decide whether to donate, sell or store those items until after you move into your next home.

 

#3: Pitch In

 

Depending on how old your children are, a lot of the responsibility for cleaning up might fall on you. Try to let your kids take out only small numbers of toys at one time, and require them to put away the last batch before they start playing with something else. It’s hard, but it’s worth it – especially if you have a last-minute showing and you need to run out of the house.

 

Are You Thinking About Selling Your Home in Lakewood or Long Beach?

 

We can help you sell your home quickly and at the right price. It all starts with a free comparative market analysis, which tells you just how much your home is worth if you were to put it on the market today.

 

Then, we’ll market your home aggressively to make sure it’s in front of all the right buyers. Using several mediums, including online and print, we’ll advertise your home to show off all its best features and drum up buyer interest.

 

When you’re ready to find out how much your house is worth, call us at 562-882-1581.

 

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