Selling a Home with Kids is a Big Challenge, But These 5 Steps Will Help!
March 28, 2016
When selling your home, it can often be a stressful experience cleaning up and getting your house ready to show others. Couple in the fact that you have children and this experience can turn into an overwhelming situation for you. You need a place for your kids to play around and have fun, but you also want to keep your house in tip-top showing shape at the same time. We have developed five helpful tips that you can follow in order to please both your children and buyers.
Step Back & Relax: Don’t lose sleep! Luckily for the seller, inventory levels are lower, so buyers will be more apt to overlook small things. Also, if it’s obvious that you have kids, a buyer will understand if you have a toy here or there that wasn’t put away.
If You Don’t Need It, Store It: When a buyer looks through your home, you actually want them to envision it as their own. If there are any big items that you know your children like, but are in the way, store them for a while. The same should be said with pictures. A few around the house is no problem at all, but a wall filled with family pictures can be a little bit distracting.
De-Clutter & Consolidate: It can be surprising to home owners how much stuff accumulates throughout the house when they have kids. If you have the proper time to plan, use it to go through everything in the house to determine what you need and what you don’t need. If you are unsure about a certain item, think about the last time you used it. If you haven’t used it in over a month, it may be time to give it away. For additional tips on staging your home click here to read: How to Stage a House for Selling.
Always Prepare Before A Home Showing: If you have kids, we suggest that you request at least four hours of notice before a showing. Be sure that you communicate with your agent about what times work and what times don’t work for you. Be flexible as well because your schedule may not fit exactly with a potential buyers schedule. Usual nap times, meal times, bath times or bedtimes can be blocked off if you let your agent know.
To always stay prepared, create a checklist of cleaning that you need to complete before a buyer walks into your home. Some things on your checklist could include cleaning up toys or rearranging a playroom in a specific way.
Create a “Go-Kit” For Your Children: Depending on the time of the day, you should have various snacks and activities ready for your kids. This will make leaving for showings fun for your kids and it will make a huge difference to help accommodate visitors.
When you do have to leave, talk to them about the exact reasons why they are doing so and that way they fully understand the process. If they understand the importance of what they are doing, it can be the difference between them getting out of the house in time and them not.
Keep in Mind: For your kids, this may be the only place they have called “home” and selling their house can be a stressful experience for them. But as shown with the steps above, the entire process can be easier for you, for them, and for the buyer.