Summer is an excellent time to sell your home – even during this summer as COVID hasn’t seemed to slow folks down when it comes to real estate.
As you can imagine, the better your home looks, the faster it will sell. That means decluttering and keeping everything clean and tidy so that your home is ready to be shown in a few hours’ (or even a few moments’) notice.
You don’t want anything to distract a potential buyer from seeing the true beauty of your home. I know that’s a tall order, especially if you have kids home from school.
Here are a few tips that can help:
- Get the Kids on Board
Let your children know they play a key role in helping to sell your home. You can certainly pay them for various tasks (keep reading for ideas) or promise them a reward – a commission, of sorts – when your home sells. Perhaps it’s that new bike they’ve been wanting. A trip to Disneyland. Or donuts for breakfast for a week. Including them in the process will make them feel special. And a reward at the end will give them something to look forward to.
- Where Do You Need Their Help Most?
Are your kids old enough and tall enough to mow the lawn? How about decluttering various rooms? Perhaps a trip to the ice cream or candy shop at the end of each week will inspire them to keep their toys and shoes OUT of the entry way. Or boost their allowance when they put all their athletic equipment away vs. leaving it out on the yard. When they start to fuss, remind them that the faster your home sells, the sooner they can resume living like normal kids. Pro tip: Buyers will look in your cabinets and closets, so be sure the kids keep those neat and tidy, too.
- Put Them in Charge of Your Garage Sale
Do your kiddos have the entrepreneurial spirit? Of course they do! Ask them to plan your garage sale. They can begin by collecting all their unused toys, outgrown clothes and anything else that simply needs to go. Then let them keep the cash – or, better yet, donate the proceeds to their favorite cause.
- Enjoy a Little More Togetherness
Why scrub multiple sinks and tubs? It will be easier to keep the bathrooms clean if you share your master bath with your kids. This temporary togetherness will save you a ton of time and stress. And besides, doesn’t a nightly teeth-brushing party sound fun? Pro tip: Speaking of bathrooms, before you leave the house for a showing, please check all your toilets. Especially if your little ones tend to forget to flush. And please close the lids while you’re at it.
- Toss the Trash – All Of It
Your garbage cans, recycling – and for new parents, the dreaded diaper pail. Clear all those out before potential buyers arrive. Nobody wants to see a can full of used tissue, dental floss and the like. And pet owners, you’ll need to be even more diligent about kitty litter and any deposits made in your backyard. Pro tip: Grind a lemon in your garbage disposal – it smells great!
- Let Your Kids Decide Where to Skeedaddle
It’s important that you and your children to leave the house before your potential buyers arrive. Buyers are much more comfortable looking at your house when you’re not there. Ask your kids to make a list of all the fun places they’d like to go. Local coffee shops, parks, libraries and museums are all great places to spend an hour or two.Keep a bag stocked with essentials, including water and snacks, and perhaps some fun activities to pass the time. If you’ve got babies, don’t forget diapers. Pro tip: Before you leave, walk around with a big bin and toss any wayward items in it. Put it in your car and take it with you.
- Go On That Vacation
With your home in tip-top shape and your restless kids driving you crazy, head on out for that vacation you’ve been dreaming of. Just be sure to store your valuables, bills, paperwork and anything else personal and sensitive in a safe place. When showing homes, I never leave a buyer’s side. But that’s not true of all realtors. Sometimes buyers will wander off on their own. I’ll keep you up to date on the showings while your gone – or, if you’d rather not think about it while you’re sunning and sipping margaritas on the beach, I’ll give you a full report when you return! Go and enjoy! You deserve it!
Need some help? I’m here to help you every step of the way.
Pictured above: 908 Tuxedo – As fancy as its Tuxedo Avenue address, this Alamo Heights move-in-ready home features a stunning backyard with Keith Zars pool and patio perfect for entertaining. Light and airy, this home features 4 bedrooms and 3 1/2 bathrooms, along with two living areas, separate dining room and breakfast room plus eat-in kitchen. Family room has a large fireplace. With a media room and an office, there’s something for everyone and plenty of room to spread out.
Lots of storage and an oversized two-car garage with epoxy flooring. Exclusive gated back entry off Canyon Drive into complex ensures extra security. Only 2 families have owned this home! Walk to The Quarry with its numerous shops and restaurants. Quick and easy access to 281 and downtown. Olmos Basin Park is around the corner, filled with jogging, biking and hiking trails.