Add a kid (or two or three — or more) to the mix, and you have some stressed out parents who happen to be making the major financial decision of selling their home. For those reasons, I’ve come up with this list of 10 tips for selling your home with kids.
Here are the first three ideas for selling your house with children living home.
1. Put your children up for adoption
Be sure your spouse is on board. This tends to be a rather long-term solution.
2. Send them to us
My wife and I have a houseful most days. A few more can’t hurt. (Your kids have to like rambunctious rescue dogs who invade personal space to apply.)
3. Get them full-time jobs
Please check state laws regarding child labor.
Should these three not suit you, here are seven more reasonable strategies:
4. Make packing and moving an adventure
You and your children are going to pack and prepare eventually — so start today. Your children can help by tagging their most cherished items and “helping you” pack the rest.
5. Have a go-and-show plan
It is really important to take advantage of all opportunities to show your home. Pack a bag, buy a few movie passes and be ready to vacate with little notice.
6. Remember: less is more
7. Flush the system
Be the designated “last responder” just before a showing. A final check of the bathrooms can eliminate unwanted distractions for potential buyers.
8. Keep odors at bay
Too often the strengths of a home are masked and hidden by odors.
Keep fresh air flowing. Keep teenage sons and their friends far away, and be aware of pet odors that no longer register with you.
9. Stay neutral
Children’s rooms and playrooms that boast themes and bright colors, posters and creative lighting should be neutralized. Remember that grown-ups are buying your home.
Your home doesn’t have to be perfect. It’s rarely the outcome that impresses people. More often it’s the effort that matters most.
Try to have fun and enjoy all the people you will meet in your real estate adventure. Oh, and don’t forget your children come moving day!