Selling a home can be very stressful. There are always challenges when selling a house. You leave your home daily for strangers, you are keeping the house clean 24-7, but having kids makes it even more stressful. The steps you take to sell will need to account for you and your kids. Fortunately, there are things you can do to make the whole sales process easier on you and your children.
Let your kids be aware of the sale
One of the best tips for selling a home with kids is informing them of your plans well in advance of the actual for sale sign going on the lawn. You can prepare the kids emotionally by getting them prepared about the sale and excited about getting into a new house. If you explain why you want to sell the house and what you want to accomplish—like moving to a better home, to a better area, to be around people that you love, etc.—then they are more likely to understand and get excited with you.
Make your home appealing for all
There are chances that the buyers that come to visit your house maybe married with no children or single. You will have to go away with the kid’s friendly features in your house to make the house appealing for all. A personalised home may not attract a buyer. Your real estate agent will probably recommend that you take things back to neutral when you prepare the home for sale. You are making a business transaction so don’t take the changes to heart. Adjusting to what the market wants can help you can sell your home for the best possible price.
The first step to preparing your house for sale would be cleaning. Your children may be a lot cleaner than other kids, or they may not. Regardless, your home needs to be spotless when you show it to buyers. And there is a good chance that even if your kids are relatively clean, they will still make messes as they go about their playtime. With children around, de-cluttering your home becomes even more critical. Kids are notorious for leaving stuff around. While this is usually no big deal, when selling a house, it certainly can be. Take expert advice from good realtors to understand where to focus and how to get your home cleaned.
Store your stuff neatly
Having kids usually means accumulating a lot of junk. Some of it may be saved only for sentimental value. Storage units are a good idea to keep all the clutter away. It will make your house look organised.
Plan how you would keep your kids engaged at the time of showings
Let your children know that your real estate agent will arrange to show your home to people who may want to buy it. Make plans for how you will spend time with your kids at the time of showings. There are plenty of fun things you can do, and not all of them need to cost a lot of money. You could go to a park, go shopping or visit a friend or relative.
Be flexible with the schedule
It is important to understand that real buyers will schedule a showing with a real estate agent when they want to see a home. It is most likely that you would need a 24-hour window to prepare your home for showings. But be aware that a potential buyer might not be available at your desired time to visit your house. Whenever you put restrictions on showing your home, you make selling a lot more complicated. Be flexible and you will be able to sell your house sooner.
Avoid open houses with kids
It is not a good idea to have an open house when you have kids. Open houses give access to strangers to your house thus compromising with the safety of your house. A stranger could visit all the areas in your home including your kid’s room. A good Nanaimo realtor will be able to market your house without an open house and will also be able to sell it at a good price.