Surviving (and allowing your family to survive) when you are trying to sell your house can be a challenge. It can be especially challenging if the adults in the family are working outside the home. Sometimes, taking advantage of a few luxuries can make all the difference. It doesn’t have to cost a fortune to hire some help, and it may save your sanity.
1. Maid Service
Find a highly-recommended individual to come once a week and do your household chores. Ask your neighbors or your real estate agent for suggestions.
2. Laundry Service
If you can find someone to come in and do the laundry (maybe even the individual who does your laundry!) once a week, you will find life easier to manage during the transition period.
3. Clutter Busters
There is an entire professional industry that has sprouted around helping people rid themselves of unwanted “stuff.” This may include professional organizers, decluttering experts, EBay assistants, and yard sale organizers. If you need help determining what to eliminate, contact the decluttering expert. The professional organizer will help you to deal with what’s left and the EBay and Yard Sale entrepreneurs will sell your excess stuff (for a percentage of the profit).
4. Lawn Care Service
Again, consult with your real estate agent or your neighbors to find the best, most dependable, and reasonably priced lawn care service in your area.
5. Food Preparation
Consider hiring a meal delivery entrepreneur to deliver home-made meals once a week so you can keep the meals in the freezer until you need them. This is a healthy, mess-minimizing option for those days when you have showings. If you don’t have an entrepreneurial service like this in your area, look for ready-made entree meals at your local grocery store and complete the meal with a side of vegetables or a salad. You can also visit the local deli and keep healthy versions of lean meats, cheeses and vegetables to make healthy sandwiches (on whole grain bread, of course)
Once you use some of these services, you may not be willing to go back to a “do-it-all-yourself” model — even after your house sells. But, for the period of time when you are trying to accomplish so much, having a little help may save your sanity. It’s ok. Get some help. You have permission. You’re welcome!