11 Tips for Selling a Home—When You Have Small Children
Ready to sell your home? Wondering how to make it easier for you—and your small children? Here are a few tips to simplify the process for everyone.
Keep big, plastic tubs hidden in each room for kid items.
Yes, it will be a challenge to keep the home in perfectly clean condition for showings. To make cleanup easier, keep 1 extra-large plastic tub hidden in the closet of each room—then quickly toss in clothes, diapers, wipes, and toys before guests arrive.
Talk to your kids about the move.
Remember that this is an emotional time for them, too. Explain what you’re doing, and why you’re moving—making sure to emphasize the positive (for example, “We’re moving to a cool new house near the blue playground!”). For very small ones, you may need to explain daily, or even several times a day.
Get kids involved.
Let kids help with the move—even as young as 18 months old. Open a large box in the center of the room, and ask them to help “pack” their toys, or your pots and pans. Or bring out a suitcase for them to “pack” their clothes.
Find a go-to place to visit during showings.
Find an easy, reliable place in your neighborhood to bring your children during showings. Consider:
Keep supplies in the car.
Keep a bag packed in the car with food, extra clothes, drinks, bottles, toys, diapers, and wipes—so you are ready to leave on a moment’s notice.
Use a checklist.
It’s hard to remember everything you need to prep for a showing—especially when you’re in a rush. Don’t panic.& Keep a checklist in a drawer by the door, listing everything you need to move, clean, pack, or change for visitors.
Try a housecleaning service.
Even if you’ve never used one before, it’s a worthwhile investment to prep your house when you have small children. After all, your ability to sell the house—and the price you get—may depend on its cleanliness. Find a professional housecleaner to do a 1-time “deep clean” before putting your home on the market—and then refresh it weekly or bi-weekly until you sell.
Remove all crayon marks, decals, scuffs, dings.
Let’s face it, kids are messy—and it can turn off potential buyers. Try to remove (or paint over) as much “kid damage” as possible before putting your home on the market—and peel the giant decals off the wall. Look at stairs, bannisters, trim, doors, walls.
Consider painting over bright colors.
Not everyone wants a bright pink bedroom—even if they do have kids. Many people shy away from a homes that need repainting because they’re afraid it’s too much work. If you have time, consider repainting “kid-themed” rooms in a neutral color, or try high-hiding primer.
Hide toys, clutter, and baby strollers.
Kid items can be a turn-off to some buyers. Make sure your house looks as clean and “kid-free” as possible—even if it’s just temporary.
Clean up every morning before you leave for work.
Today may be the day you sell your home…so be sure every room is sparkling when you leave the house in the morning. Another option? Clean up at night before bed.
Remember, the goal is to get as many buyers as possible interested in your home—so you can sell it quickly, and at a fair price. The more appealing your home is to buyers, the better your chances of selling it.
For more tips on how to sell your home, find a ReeceNichols agent in your neighborhood.