Worried about selling your home when you also have to manage your kids? With the right preparation, selling your home when you have kids can be much less stressful than you may think. Here are some ideas on what to do (especially for open houses and potential showings) when you and your family are selling your home.
Nothing makes a better impression than a clean and tidy home, so it’s important to make sure your home looks its best. This means cleaning every room, especially bedrooms, kitchens and bathrooms. Remember to also clean your windows, especially if you have a nice view. With a clean home, potential buyers can see the features and potential of your home clearly and will be more interested in your property.
When you have kids, clutter is often unavoidable. When you’re trying to sell your home, make sure all toys, games, books, clothes, and any baby equipment is stored away out of sight, at least for showings and open houses. Some ideas for this include clearly-labelled toy bins or boxes and closet organizers. It’s also smart to make sure your front and back yards are tidy, with all toys and sports equipment stored away.
The Bathroom Inspection
One area of the house that is often the messiest is the bathroom. It’s important to make sure your bathroom is clean and tidy for potential buyers to view. This means cleaning mirrors, sinks, toilets and storing any toothbrushes and shampoo bottles out of sight. If you have young kids, it’s also a good idea to put any step-stools or other equipment out of sight.
Have A Family Meeting
Selling your home is a big change so it’s important to check in with your kids and make sure they understand what’s happening. If you can, frame the situation as a new adventure for the whole family and start talking about ideas for your new home.
Step Out For A While
During showings make sure you and your family are out of the house. This is so that potential buyers can see the house clearly and decide if it’s right for them. This is the perfect time for you to complete some errands or visit family and friends.