Staging And Selling Your Home With Kids Underfoot

childrens-for-girls-3368014_960_720If 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.

 

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Having Kids? Here’s How to Plan for Real Life

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Whether your babies are just a dream or have made their great debut, planning for their future is likely your top priority. Here’s how to get started.

 

Plan with Today’s Budget in Mind

 

You already know your current salary and expenses. What you don’t know is how either of those may change in the future. As you’re starting your savings plan, consider where you are now. Don’t assume that you will be able to save more because you plan to get a raise future. If you do wind up with a significant salary increase, then you will already be used to living one way and can direct your financial windfall toward paying off debt or fattening your emergency fund.

 

Don’t Neglect Your Own Needs

 

One of the worst things you can do for your children is to fund their education but fail to take your own future needs into account. While paying for their degree is an admirable goal, if you have nothing left once you have bought the cap and gown, they will be the ones obligated to take care of you financially in your golden years. The Merrill Edge personal retirement calculator can help you figure out how much you’ll need to live comfortably depending on the age you plan to retire. Hint: It’s a lot more than college.

 

Set It and Forget It

 

The single easiest way to save money without budgeting is to simply have it transferred out of your account before you ever see it. Check with your bank about creating an automatic transfer on a recurring schedule. Each time you get a raise, up your amount so you learn to live without a higher income. If you can save just $50 per week, you’ll have nearly $8,000 at the end of three years. You can use this money to pay off debt, fund a 529 college savings plan, or invest. Check out Business Insider’s review of the best college savings plans.

 

Look for Ways to Save

 

There are plenty of ways to save dollars and cents that will add up in the long run. As an added bonus, many of the things you can do around your house are also environmentally friendly and will teach your children responsible stewardship. Installing high-quality storm windows and energy-efficient appliances, for instance, will save money off your monthly utility bills. Other small actions, such as reducing your water consumption, insulating the attic and garage, and fixing air and water leaks, will further lower your homeownership costs. Check with your cable and internet providers once each year for new specials, which can help you hold on to $600 or more each contract period – enough for at least a few freshman textbooks.

 

Avoid the “Overdo It” Personality

 

One huge mistake many new parents make is over-indulging their children’s wants and needs. Not only does this teach them that they can have anything they want, but it’s also wasteful and can put a strain on your wallet. Avoid the temptation to have the best of everything. When it’s time to buy a new vehicle, choose used. A used car or truck will have already depreciated, meaning you’ll lose less if you ever sell it. Buying a new home should be purchased with the same logical approach; however, depending on market conditions, it may be less expensive to purchase land and build. If your children grow up accustomed to living moderately, they will become adults who do the same.

 

These ideas can get you started, but talk to your financial advisor or local bank. These professionals can help provide you with personalized service and the most up-to-date information on investment accounts and savings strategies.