Getting your home ready for showings is difficult enough, but if you have small children in the home it can add additional complications. You probably have read that the real estate market is heating up, but you may have reservations about putting your house on the market if your children are messy because of the amount of work it takes to keep a listing showing ready. Here are ways you can deal with small children and keeping your home show ready.
Like any other listing, you will need to focus on good staging. This means depersonalizing your home as much as possible – even with children. You need to start thinking about your home as a house – not as the place you live. A home holds memories, personal mementos, and feels like a family live inside of it. A house on the market will be neutral, and ready to showcase to potential buyers that they could love living there. Think about the following options:
Work with your listing agent to come up with a staging plan that will make your home appealing to as many buyers as possible.
It’s important to keep your house looking ready for showings as much as possible. While this may seem impossible with messy children, there are things you can do daily to make sure you’re ready for any showings that day:
If your REALTOR® calls you for a showing, but your child is napping, you can wait until the potential buyers come before leaving the house. Many people think they need to leave the house for hours at a time, but you can try to arrange a tighter showing window. See if the buyer’s agent could call before they are on the way. If you can’t arrange that, and if weather permits, you could take the kids on a walk around the block or even out in the backyard once the potential buyers arrive.