Selling A Home When You
Selling a home is
stressful for everyone, and having young children in the house can add to the
stress for the parents. Let's face
it-kids have a way of making a mess in a hurry and leaving it behind for
someone else to deal with. They are also
problematic in other ways when it comes to selling your house.
Of course, you can't ask
your kids to move out while you sell-but you can find some smart solutions to
the difficulties of selling a home in which children are living.
Lower The Clutter Quotient
During the home selling
process, pack up some of your kids' excess toys and other items and put them in
storage. Let them help pick which items
will stay out, and if the sale process goes on for a while let them trade a few
items now and then. Removing a portion
of the clutter that comes with kids will make it a lot easier to keep the house
clean and ready to show, preventing the stress of trying to clean up a mess of
toys when people are on their way to see the house.
Set Up A Showing Plan
Whenever possible, you
should try to show the home when your children are not there. They can be a major distraction to potential
buyers and may say or do things that could cause you some embarrassment or put
the buyer off. Try to set up showings
while your children are at school or extracurricular activities. If you have to do a showing when they are
normally home, enlist help. Ask a friend
or family member if they would mind having the kids over for a while, or even
just taking them for a walk while the house is being shown.
Kid Friendly, But Not Too
For some buyers, a home
that is set up for kids is a plus; for other buyers it might cause them to see
the house in a different light and pass on it.
Try to keep the kids' items contained to one space, and reduce the
number of kid-friendly features such as high chairs or potty stools that buyers
might not want to walk around when they see the house. Some things can be moved just before a
showing if you need them every day, but others should be removed entirely
during the selling process.
Your kids are a big part
of your life, and it's their home, too-but bear in mind that buyers sometimes
have trouble seeing past clutter and too much kid stuff. Keep it as clean as possible, while still
livable for the whole family.