5 Tips for Selling a Home with Kids
Selling a home can be an exciting yet emotional process. There are times when it may become stressful, especially when adding kids into the equation. It’s important to take a few extra steps so that the process goes as seamless as possible for not only your kids sake, but also for you!
Below are my top 5 Tips for selling a home with kids.
1. Keep them involved
Selling is an emotional experience for kids. Even though some may appear to be excited for the new home, it can feel like they have no control of the process. Keeping them informed throughout the sale gives them some security that they may need.
2. Let them Pack their own toys
Letting go of toys even for a short while can be difficult for some kids. Allowing them to pack on their own will give them the opportunity to decide which toys are their favorite so they can keep playing with them, and have store the rest away.
3. Decorate Moving Boxes
Decorating moving boxes is a fun way to keep kids entertained while they feel involved in the process. Bring out their favorite markers, stickers etc. and let them go to town!
4. Plan a few outings ahead of time
Planning a few outings around when your home hits the market will get kids excited about showings instead of dreading them. Take them for an ice cream, visit a relative, go to the park, or stop by the library.
Note: most requests for showings are typically later in the evenings or weekends. Planning a few open houses should help you coordinate these requests ahead of time.
5. Keep totes around for quick pick up
Totes are a super helpful when speed cleaning.They don’t take up much space and are great to have handy as quick pick ups when daily clutter accumulates hours before a showing. Washing dishes and deep cleaning is way more important when in a crunch. Shove any clutter in the tote and sort through later. I’ve even had clients use them when they are overwhelmed with laundry piles.
Hope these tips help you but remember, don’t allow yourself to stress too much…it’s OK to let kids be kids. Buyers aren’t going to judge the whole house based on your kid’s bedroom.
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