If you have children, you might be worried about how to keep your house in sellable condition when prospective buyers are visiting. Never fear! There are lots of tips and tricks you can do to make sure your home is clean enough to get a good offer on your home.
Decluttering And Cleaning With Kids Underfoot
Decluttering and cleaning is a big task for anyone so you need to have your children on board, if they are old enough. Here are some suggestions from Raleigh Realty on what to do:
- You need to make sure your children understand what’s going on even if they are little. Try making a game out of decluttering and cleaning.
- You will need your kids’ help to organize, most likely, so ask them to get involved. This can help them feel really grown up too!
- Clean frequently.
If your children don’t have regular cleaning chores, now is the time to get them started. All kids can add toys to boxes and bins. If you’re unsure what projects your child is old enough to handle, here are age-appropriate chores for kids aged 2-18 from The Spruce.
Finally, don’t forget to depersonalize. Remove kids’ artwork, trophies, name items, photos, and any other personalized items from walls and other areas. If you think this will upset your children, remind them that it’s only temporary. Then let them choose new, neutral artwork to replace it.
Staging Your Home To Sell, Even With Little Ones
Now that your cleaning problem is handled, the next thing that might make you nervous is staging your home around your children. Before you start to worry, though, let’s remember why home staging is so valuable when you’re selling your home. Staging helps prospective buyers visualize themselves in your home. And that gets them another step closer to making an offer.
In fact, it’s very possible that your prospective buyer’s family looks a lot like yours. That said, these tips from Staging Diva can help your prep your home for any buyer:
- Keep only one box of toys in the house for each of your children. (Box size is at your discretion.)
- Keep all outside toys like bikes and balls neatly stored.
- Put all other toys in storage. For small items, use attractive containers like cute canvas baskets.
- Additionally, com recommends storing backpacks, coats, children’s rain boots, and other kid gear in a hall closet or mudroom.
- Professional Staging adds that you should pack up a playroom. Instead, convert it into a room that appeals to a larger pool of buyers, such as a media room.
Don’t be afraid to stage your kids’ rooms. According to Freshome.com, they should look light and airy. Emphasize the natural light. You can create a themed room but keep it as neutral as possible. For example, a room dedicated to a sports team might turn off fans of their opponents. Here are 15 more practical, real-world tips for staging around kids from OurConeZone.com.
If it’s in your budget, you could even hire a professional decorator to stage your home. According to HomeAdvisor, the national average cost for professional home staging is $910.
Getting A Good Asking Price
One of the most important things you can do to sell your home is to price it competitively. That means you’ll need to do a little research. Check out other home listings in your area. By determining how competitive your market is, you’ll have a better idea of what buyers are expecting and looking for. This is also a great way to see what the competition is up to. For example, homes in San Francisco, California, have sold on average for $1.35 million in the last month. Read this advice from MoneyTalksNews.com to learn about pricing your home.
Selling your home with children underfoot is possible if you take the time to communicate with them and motivate them to help. These solutions should help you keep your home clean enough for the right buyer.