When you have to continue living in a home at the same time you are trying to sell it, keeping it ready for a showing at any time can be a challenge. This challenge is doubled when you have children in your home. You want to be able to accommodate a showing whenever possible in order to get your home sold quickly, but when asked to let people in unexpectedly, getting things in order fast can be a challenge. Here are a few simple tips to get ready for a showing in a hurry!
Keep Some Drawer Space Free
Keep a drawer in your kitchen as empty as possible so that it can be a catch- all for the clutter that is hanging around, including unopened mail, pens and pencils, and other general kitchen clutter. When you need to pick up in a hurry, simply open the drawer and toss in whatever will fit. This can clear off your countertops in a hurry and make your kitchen ready for showing.
A Few Smart Hiding Places
Pick up a few storage ottomans and place them strategically around the house—in the entry, at the end of the hall, in the living or family room. When you need to clean up quickly, simply lift the lid and hide your clutter inside. People coming to see the house aren’t going to open them, so you don’t have to worry about filling them with all of the random clutter that can accumulate during the day. You can simply fit them into your home décor and they won’t be noticed at all.
Under bed storage bins are another quick and easy place to hide clutter fast. Slide them out and fill them with anything from that load of laundry you haven’t had time to put away to the kids’ toys in their bedrooms. Then slip them under the bed and no one will be the wiser.
Clutter has a way of building up in any home, but when you are trying to sell and need to clean it up fast, it’s a little more than a nuisance. Be prepared ahead of time by keeping your clutter hiding places ready to go, and you won’t ever have to stress about an unexpected showing again.
Staging your home is an excellent way to make it as market-friendly as possible!
When professional stagers first look at a home, one of the first things they notice is what needs to be removed. They know that the bigger a room looks, the more attractive it will be to buyers. Great staging means taking away, as much as it means adding to or changing a room.
If clutter is a problem, buyers are distracted—they notice the disorder when they should be seeing the beautiful features of your home.
Selling a home is stressful for everyone, and having young children in the house can add to the stress for the parents. Let’s face it—kids have a way of making a mess in a hurry and leaving it behind for someone else to deal with. They are also problematic in other ways when it comes to selling your house.
Of course, you can’t ask your kids to move out while you sell—but you can find some smart solutions to the difficulties of selling a home in which children are living.
Lower The Clutter Quotient
During the home selling process, pack up some of your kids’ excess toys and other items and put them in storage. Let them help pick which items will stay out, and if the sale process goes on for a while let them trade a few items now and then. Removing a portion of the clutter that comes with kids will make it a lot easier to keep the house clean and ready to show, preventing the stress of trying to clean up a mess of toys when people are on their way to see the house.
Set Up A Showing Plan
Whenever possible, you should try to show the home when your children are not there. They can be a major distraction to potential buyers and may say or do things that could cause you some embarrassment or put the buyer off. Try to set up showings while your children are at school or extracurricular activities. If you have to do a showing when they are normally home, enlist help. Ask a friend or family member if they would mind having the kids over for a while, or even just taking them for a walk while the house is being shown.
Kid Friendly, But Not Too Kid Friendly
For some buyers, a home that is set up for kids is a plus; for other buyers it might cause them to see the house in a different light and pass on it. Try to keep the kids’ items contained to one space, and reduce the number of kid- friendly features such as high chairs or potty stools that buyers might not want to walk around when they see the house. Some things can be moved just before a showing if you need them every day, but others should be removed entirely during the selling process.
Your kids are a big part of your life, and it’s their home, too—but bear in mind that buyers sometimes have trouble seeing past clutter and too much kid stuff. Keep it as clean as possible, while still livable for the whole family.