Selling your home can be a substantial chore. It can often mean cleaning up at the drop of a hat when a potential buyer wants to come for a showing. It can also mean keeping it in “display home” shape for regular open houses.
This can be tough enough if you’re single or living with another adult. But, if you have a couple of young children in residence, pulling off this endeavor successfully may seem to border on the impossible.
The good news is that by following a few simple tips, the job can actually become somewhat easier – allowing for you to de-clutter, and in turn, de-stress – throughout the home selling process.
Rewards / Positive Reinforcement
One of the very first tasks will be to reduce the items that are lying around. Less is always more when it comes to staging a home for sale. So, by enlisting your kids’ help so that they feel involved in the overall process, they may actually want to participate in the clean up effort. If they need a bit more “incentive,” then possibly some positive reinforcement such as a raise in their allowance or other type of reward could be in order.
Allow Them to Pack Their Own Things
Keeping kids engaged by allowing them to pack their own items is another great way to not only de-stress, but to also keep the kids involved. You could even make it a fun activity by letting the kids label and decorate their own boxes.
Take Last Minute Field Trips
Any seller knows that when a potential buyer wants to see your home, it’s time to step out! When you have kids in tow, this could be a great time to take a last minute field trip. With that in mind, be sure that you have a pre-made list of places to go, along with the hours they are open, and any other important information. You may even want to have the car pre-packed with bathing suits, snacks, or other essential items that you might need.
The Bottom Line
While you never know when a potential purchaser will come along, working with a realtor who can help to schedule showings at times that are more convenient for you can always be helpful. If you’re thinking of selling your home, we can help. Give us a call and we can provide you with a market value of your current home today.