Putting your house on the market comes with a lot of responsibilities, and when you have kids and a busy schedule, it can be a pretty stressful endeavor. We all know what it’s like to try and clean a house with little ones running around, but prepping for an open house is a different story! Fortunately, you’re not the first to deal with this problem. Many parents have found simple ways to handle cleaning, decluttering, and maintaining their homes — even with kids in the mix. So, here are a few tips that will help you get through the process without all the stress.


You may look around your home and be unable to find any clutter, but sometimes clutter is in the eye of the beholder. To a potential buyer, too many family photos on the mantel can be overwhelming, or a large record collection might be too personal for the space, preventing them from being able to picture their own belongings in the home. As such, it’s important to reduce, simplify, and depersonalize each room while still keeping it inviting to visitors.

Store Items Out of Sight

Once you’ve decluttered and depersonalized, you might be left with a lot of items that need to be put away. You can’t store them in closets, as potential buyers will definitely check those out, so a great option is to rent a self-storage unit and keep those belongings out of sight until the move. Because storage units can be costly in the Portland area, it’s a good idea to look for a few deals first. Try Central Self Storage, which is offering the first month free on certain units. If you pack your items well, they’ll be easy to move to the new place from the storage unit.

Hire a Helping Hand

If you have a busy schedule — and these days, who doesn’t? — you’ll need some help getting things cleaned up and keeping the order maintained. If possible, look for a maid service nearby that can come in and tidy up so you can focus on bigger things. Having smaller chores taken care of will free up some time for you, and it will give you peace of mind when you’re ready to have potential buyers walk in and look around. No one wants to worry about forgetting to clean the toilet, especially when you’re so close to making a sale! Keep in mind that the average cost to hire a maid service in Portland is between $116 and $255

Remove Tell-Tale Signs of a Pet

The potential buyers who will come to look at your home may love animals, but for the most part, buyers don’t want to see signs that a pet lives in a home they’re interested in. Pets can equal odors, messes, and damage around a house, so it’s best to remove all signs that you have a cat or dog. The easiest way to do this is to ask a friend to keep them while your home is on the market. Or, you can send your pup to daycare, which can run around $38 for a full day and $25 for a half.

You’ll still need to take care of the things they leave behind: namely, hair and dander. A great vacuum will do the job nicely, but you’ll need to shop around a bit to find a model that is easy to maneuver, has specific attachments made for sucking up stubborn pet hair, and has filters that will reduce allergens. Read reviews to find the best model for your needs and budget.

Preparing a home for sale when you have kids and a full calendar can be tricky, but it doesn’t need to be overly stressful. By getting organized and utilizing a few tricks of the trade, you can get your home open-house ready in no time.



Written by Guest Author Kristin Louis