by Dave Koszegi
on Monday, April 11th, 2016 at 12:13pm.
When you’re preparing to sell your house, you’ve likely done small repairs, painted some rooms and cleared the extra clutter that seems to populate when kids live in the house. Keeping your house looking pristine for prospective buyers coming in for showings and open houses can feel next to impossible while balancing work, life, and especially kids; coming and going from activities, bringing friends in, tracking mud, and so much more.
Here are our top tips for selling your home with kids in the picture.
Talk to your kids to make sure they know you are going to be selling your home. Explain to them why you’ve decided to do so and that they understand the family’s future plans. Your kids may have a tough time with the house being sold, so this gives them the opportunity to hear it from you and prepare themselves for this transition. Highlight the positives, and give them something to anticipate about this new life change!
Stage for showings. Kids like to personalize their bedrooms (Nick Jonas, anyone?) and leave playrooms, bathrooms and mudrooms messy. Staging these areas is helpful for your house to appeal to the majority of buyers - especially those who don’t have kids. This can be done yourself with the advice from your Realtor, or through a professional staging company. Contact us to get in touch with one of our recommended staging professionals.
Make time to prepare for showings. Talk to your Real Estate agent about making a checklist to use to prepare your home before a showing. This is helpful if showings happen with only short notice. Some items to remember are: clean toys and clothes from around the house, tidy bedrooms, put the toilet seat down in the bathroom and don’t forget about outside living areas! Once your house is on the market, work with your Realtor to make sure showings are booked so you have time to clean up the day-to-day clutter that builds up with having kids before buyers get in.
Give the Dave Team a call at 250-723-7653 today to learn more about how to sell your home – with, or without kids!
Because what you see in the Sears catalogue doesn’t always represent “real life”. How many of you can relate?