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How To Sell Your Home When You Have Children
Thursday, 30 June 2016, 12:40:00 PM

It is not always easy to sell your home when you have children. The cleaning, packing and showings can become boring and stressful for your little ones. The toys and games may become distracting for your potential buyers. Use the following ideas to keep your children and buyers happy during the moving process.

childrenChoose The Right Realtor: It is important to choose a Realtor who has worked with clients that have children. A real estate professional who has worked with families will have experience in staging and preparing for an open house event. 

Get Your Children To Help Declutter: The first step in the moving process is to clear out the clutter. Get your children involved by asking them to help you with this task. Your child may fuss over getting rid of old toys or books, but it may help to explain how they can donate, recycle or even sell the items. They may jump at the opportunity to make a little money or donate their toys to children in need. You should also work with them to organize the items they plan to keep.

Encourage Them To Start Packing: Packing items you do not use often makes it easier to stage your home for an open house. Your children can start packing up seasonal apparel, extra bedding and toys they are not playing with right now. One idea to get them involved is to let them label and decorate their boxes. A few stickers and a box of crayons can go a long way during the moving process.

Stage For All Guests: You are going to show your home to buyers who do and do not have children. Buyers who do have children are sure to understand what you are going through. It may be hard for buyers without children to check out your home when there are toys all over the place. The best thing you can do is stage your home to appeal to everyone. You can start by putting their items in the toy box, drawers and closet until the open house is over. Remove their photographs and artwork from your refrigerator and walls. You can place them in a safe place until you are ready to move. 

Stage The Bedrooms: You are going to have to stage their bedroom to appeal to all buyers. It shows your potential buyers that they can use the bedroom for children or adults. Start by replacing the kid-themed paint or wallpaper with a neutral colour scheme. The next step is to remove the kid-friendly decor such as the princess night light or dinosaur rug. The toys and decor you usually keep out should be stashed away in the closet until the open house is over.

Prepare For Open House: It is important to work with your Realtor so you can schedule your showings in advance. You may want to schedule the open house in long morning or afternoon blocks. Use the time to plan a field trip to the park, library, movies or out to eat. You should also have a small pile of activities stashed away for those last minute showings. The activities may include colouring books, sticker books and games or movies on your tablet. The field trips and activities keep your children out of the way without causing them to feel bored.

It is important to keep both your children and buyers in mind when putting your home on the market. You can keep your little ones happy and still make a successful sale if you plan your move accordingly.

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