Written By: Kris Louis
No matter if it’s your first time selling a home or your fifth, it’s not an easy process. It’s usually stressful and time consuming, as you have to constantly clean and stay prepared for last-minute drop-ins from potential buyers. When you have kids, it can significantly increase the stress and time spent cleaning. Fortunately, there are ways to get your home ready to sell that will make the process more manageable:
Talk with your kids.
One thing you can do that will help the entire selling and moving process go more smoothly is to talk to your kids. Most of the time, kids will not understand the need to uproot your lives, nor will they grasp the importance of keeping your home spotless for showings. Sitting them down to explain the reasons for moving (e.g., new job opportunity, better house, better city or neighborhood, etc.) and ensuring them that family traditions will stay in place is important. Also, try your best to enlist their help with keeping the home clean and organized so that you’re not scrambling to clean up three rooms if you get a call from your real estate agent about a last-minute showing.
Hire a professional stager.
Another way to make the process easier is to hire a professional home stager if it’s in your budget. A home stager will use decorating to present your home in the best light possible by showcasing the positive features and minimizing the negative ones. The national average for a home staging is currently $970.
Minimize the clutter.
Decluttering is an essential part of having a clean home, and it’s even more important when you’re selling. You can pay a pro between $30 and $80 an hour, or you can DIY the job. In each room, create categories for trash, donating and selling, and toss any items that you won’t be taking with you to the new home into one of these piles. Do a walk-through of the home once or twice a day to make sure the clutter is not piling up (especially the kids’ rooms). This article provides a list of helpful books for more tips on decluttering and organizing.
Rent a storage unit.
There will likely be some items that you don’t need at the moment but that you’re not ready to get rid of. For these items, consider renting a self-storage unit. For instance, let your child pick out a few favorite toys to keep, and put the rest of their toys—along with clothes, furniture and any other items that are not being frequently used—in storage. The cost of storage can add up, so make sure to take advantage of deals and promotions in your area. To keep things as organized as possible, separate your items into categories (e.g., seasonal clothes, holiday decorations, sports equipment, etc.), and put them in clear bins before taking them to your storage unit.
One other thing that can help you keep your home clutter-free for showings is to designate an area of the home for your kids to play. It could be one of the bedrooms, a spare room, the living room, or any other space where they can play and where clean-up is easy. Most buyers will not be turned off by seeing one space where kids play, as long as it isn’t chaotic and dirty.
Selling a home is extra challenging when kids are in the picture, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be done. Explain the moving and cleaning processes with your children, and look into professional home staging. Thoroughly declutter the whole home, put items you’re not ready to part with in storage, and create a single play zone for your kids that is easy to keep clean. Following these tips can help you enjoy the remaining time in your home and help you sell it more quickly.
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talk to your kids. - https://www.artofhappymoving.com/tell-kids-moving/
clean and organized - https://letslassothemoon.com/2014/08/01/keep-your-house-clean-with-kids/
home stager - https://realestate.usnews.com/real-estate/articles/its-not-all-or-nothing-how-home-staging-works
currently $970 - https://www.homeadvisor.com/cost/home-design-and-decor/hire-a-decorator-for-staging-a-home/
Decluttering - https://www.home-storage-solutions-101.com/how-to-declutter.html
$30 and $80 - https://home.costhelper.com/professional-organizer.html
This article - https://www.moving.com/tips/7-books-to-help-you-declutter-and-organize-your-home/
organized as possible, - https://www.containerstore.com/organization-projects/garage/tip/storage-tips-attic-garage
living room - https://blog.modsy.com/2017/11/kids-design-ideas-8-ways-to-make-your-living-room-a-playroom/
NOTE: This article was prepared by freelance author Kris Louis in her personal capacity. The opinions in this article are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect those of Malone, it's ownership, agents or employees.