Sell the House. Keep the Kids.
Homeowners with young children face a common challenge when their house is on the market: How do you keep the home clean and ready for prospective buyers while maintaining a kid-friendly, safe and fun environment?
Focus Your Efforts
Keeping that “staged look” as the kids create instant messes can be overwhelming.
According to two home stagers, focusing on the kids’ bedrooms provides the best payoff.
“Children’s bedrooms are often problematic when getting a home ready to sell,” said Külli Yee, founder and president of Ilus Design Home Staging and Re-design.
Divide and Simplify
Yee also suggests,
“Pack away extra toys, stuffed animals and books. Organize the remaining toys neatly in baskets, boxes and bins and display only a few items on the shelves.”
Limit the number of toys and activities that children play with each week and adding and subtracting as the kids get bored.
Kick the Clutter
Alice T. Chan, a Fremont, Calif.-based home stager and author of the book 8 Steps for Creating an Irresistible Market Ready Home that Sells, recommends keeping your child’s bedroom floor and closet free of clutter by lightening the load.
“Reduce the amount of items stored in the closets. Pack, store or give away anything that the child doesn’t need for the next two to three months. This is also the perfect time to get rid of unused or broken toys and old clothes.”
Clean organized spaces
Find More Flexible Space
If your kids have their own rooms, consider asking them to share a room for a couple of months until the home sells.
This allows you to set up the unoccupied room as a home office or guest room, adding extra value to your home.
What About the Nursery?
For those with infants, keep your nursery tidy by storing all extra diapers, wipes, lotions, baby bottles and clothes in a dresser or nearby closet.
Emptying the diaper pail frequently will help ensure that the room smells fresh and clean.
Removing furniture that doesn’t serve a purpose can help the room appear larger. Keep the basics – the crib, dresser, rocking chair, changing table – and store or donate other items.
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If that doesn’t make them more cooperative in helping keep the place tidy, there’s always plan B: bribe them with ice cream, outside!
Once your current home sells,
the new home will bring your kids
exciting new adventures.