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Parents Can Prep a Home for Sale With Minimal Effort and Costs: Here’s How 

When you think of prepping a home for sale, you may think you need to spend a lot of time and money to get it right. The truth is, you don’t need to wreck your budget or your schedule to get your home ready to be put on the market. If you are looking for some ways to stage your home and save money, then look no further than these helpful hacks. 

Re-do Walls in Neutral Colors

Vibrant colors and decals are a wonderful way to add a personal feel to your home. However, they can be very distracting for people when they view your home. Prospective buyers are likely to have trouble envisioning themselves in your home if there are lots of bright colors on your walls. The best bet is to repaint the interior of your home, and make sure you use neutral paint colors to do so. You can keep costs down on paint and painting supplies by searching for online discounts at home improvement stores. Lowe’s offers weekly sales and cashback rewards, which puts more money back in your bank account.

Swap Personal Photos for Basic Decor

Another way you can create a blank canvas for potential buyers is to remove photos and personal items from your home. Putting these items away will also keep them safe during busy open houses and showings. To keep your photos from distracting buyers but still keep decor on the walls, try looking for inexpensive, basic wall art and decor to swap into spaces. Retailers such as At Home always have budget-friendly options, as well as online offers, and you won’t feel bad about parting with them once your home is sold.

Dust and Clean Every Room

Before you list your home or have photos taken, you need to make sure it is as clean as it can be. You also need to keep it that way. With kids around, that can be much easier said than done. The simplest approach may be to schedule a one-time deep cleaning. You can look for discounted cleaning offers on sites like Groupon. Then, create a regular cleaning schedule to maintain order for showings and open houses. Make sure you have everything you need to clean your best, including dusters, mops, and cleaners. Try looking online for coupons to save money on the cleaning supplies you need.

Clean Out Storage Areas

When people look through your home, you can bet they will look through every inch. That includes storage spaces such as garages, pantries, and closets. If your storage areas are filled with old toys, try taking some time to declutter and get rid of what you no longer need. You can look into renting a storage unit if you need extra room for your belongings, and even look for discounted rates too. Once you have the contents streamlined, use containers and bins from Dollar Tree to get things really organized. Potential buyers will love seeing the potential in your storage areas, and getting organized will make life easier for your family too.

Focus Upgrades on Your Kitchen and Master Bath

If your home is fairly new, you may not need to make any major renovations to help it sell. You should take care of any home repairs before you list it, especially ones that are visible. You can typically do small repairs yourself to save money and find discounts for any tools needed. If you do want to make some upgrades to help your home sell, focus your efforts on the kitchen and master bathroom. These are the rooms potential buyers pay attention to the most. You can pick up new hardware for cabinets at retailers like World Market, and also earn savings and rewards. When a big change is in order, try researching online to get the best price from contractors.

Getting your house ready to sell doesn’t have to take time or money away from your family. With some simple tasks, you can successfully stage your home and make sure buyers want to make an offer ASAP.

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