Selling a home can be an overwhelming process, but when there are children in the mix, it can seem downright impossible to keep the space sparkling clean while maintaining a place that your kids feel comfortable in.
If you have children, you’re well aware that their toys need to be in certain spots, as well as the fact that they’re always leaving books and play things around—making it nearly impossible to keep up the staged look that real estate professionals swear by.
But if your home is on the market, the most important thing you can do is maintain a level of cleanliness around the house, while reducing the messes that your kids make.
A child’s bedroom is probably the worst place for messes, so devoting attention to this area when getting the house ready for a showing is crucial. Since most kids only play with a few favorite toys each week, take the time to pack away any extra toys that are sitting around collecting dust. To most little ones, out of sight means out of mind, and as long as their favorite toys are within reach, they should be fine.
Anything that isn’t being packed away should be placed neatly on shelves or in baskets so that there’s no clutter in the room. One of the best ways to accomplish this is to make a game out of putting things away so that your children get in the habit of cleaning up after themselves.
When it comes to the closet, remove any clothing that no longer fits and either donate these items or give them away to friends. In addition, pack away any seasonal clothes that are still lying around and color coordinate the clothes hanging in the closet to provide a tidy—but fun—appearance.
For those with babies and newborns, the nursery should also be kept tidy, with all extra diapers, wipes, lotions, baby bottles and clothes hidden away in a dresser. Make sure to empty the diaper pail daily, and, if possible, dispose of dirty diapers immediately in order to reduce the possibility of lingering odor.
You may also want to remove any furniture from the nursery that doesn’t serve a purpose. A good rule of thumb is to stick to the essentials: a crib, dresser, rocking chair or armchair for feeding, changing table and small accessories.
If you have more than one child and each has their own room, consider having them share a room for a couple of months until the home sells. This will allow you to set up the unused bedroom as a guest room or home office, adding extra value to your home.
For more tips about selling your home with children in the mix, contact our office today.
Published with permission from RISMedia.