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, 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


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 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.



Affordable Exterior Improvement Projects for the Young Home Owner

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In the United States, the first major investment a younger adult makes is the purchase of what oftentimes is called a starter home. Throughout life, the primary investment in nearly anyone’s life is the home.


Once a younger adult purchases a home, he or she may have the desire to enhance the exterior of the residence. There are a number of affordable strategies that can be employed to improve the exterior of a residence.


It’s All About the Paint  

A very basic home improvement effort you can undertake to enhance the look of a home’s exterior is a fresh coat of paint. This can be an ideal exterior home improvement project for a younger homeowner for a number of reasons.

First, a new coat of paint on the exterior of a residence is a relatively low cost project. A young homeowner, with a restrictive budget, doesn’t have to expend a proverbial arm and leg to purchase the materials to accomplish the task.

Second, a young homeowner very well may elect to undertake the project on his or her own. This is a do it yourself home improvement project that doesn’t require a tremendous amount of experience or training. Taking the do it yourself approach is also an avenue by which a younger homeowner is able to save money on an exterior home improvement project.


Something as Easy as Shutters

If a young homeowner is seeking an easier and affordable exterior improvement project for his or her residence, the addition of shutters can be a great option. A homeowner is presented with tremendous latitude when it comes to shutters.  

There is a great diversity when it comes to shutter design and materials. In addition, shutters available for installation on a residence come in a broad range of prices. Consider both selection and cost, the statement that “there is something for everyone” is a fair, accurate assessment.  

As is the case with painting, the installation of shutters is a task that many younger homeowners elect to do on their own. This is a fairly straightforward do it yourself home improvement project.


Concrete Repair and Enhancement  

Many residences in the United States, and elsewhere, are fronted by concrete driveways and complimented with concrete sidewalks and other walkways. While concrete drives and walkways are appealing when new, the reality is that over time, they chip, crack, and flake. Although these drives and walkways are likely structurally sound when these types of defects initially exhibit themselves, these damages render drives and walkways unattractive and unappealing. They truly detract from a residence and even lower the market value of a home.  

Replacing concrete drives and walkways can be an expensive proposition. However, undertaken repair on chips, cracks, and flecking can be an affordable proposition. There exists an array of products that can be utilized to address the problems and serve to prevent further damage to concrete.


Consider Gutter Replacement

Gutters on residences are oftentimes overlooked. The reality is that gutters in good repair are a must when it comes to maintain the overall structural integrity of a home. When gutters are not in good condition, water ends up draining downward along the walls of a residence. This negatively impacts not only the walls of a residence, but the foundation and basement as well (if a home has a basement). Repairing this type of structural damage can be costly.  

As with the other exterior home improvement projects suggested in this article, there are gutter options available to a younger property owner in a fairly broad range of prices. Thus, a homeowner is able to find new gutters for a residence that fit within an established budget.


Install Solar Panels

Another home exterior improvement to consider is one that enhances the overall functionality and value of a residence. Solar panels can be a valuable addition to a residence, and can be accomplished in a financially reasonable manner.  

A young homeowner who elects to install solar panels is able to access financial incentives in the form of tax credits and other benefits. These incentives and benefits work to reduce the cost associated with installing solar panels on the exterior of a residence.  

In this day and age, the presence of solar panels also increases the market value of a residence. In addition, a good percentage of people on the market to buy a home respond favorably to solar panels on a residence. Finally, solar panels on a residence lower home energy costs and result in a smaller carbon footprint.




Jessica Kane is a professional blogger who writes for Scaffold Store, the favorite and trusted scaffold supplier of the largest contractors.