Selling a home can be challenging. There are so many things to consider. Between scheduling open-houses, last minute showings and keeping your house in "staged-perfect condition" at all times, the stress can be overwhelming. Now toss in a kid…or two…or three. It’s summer time and that means kids aren’t in school, which makes keeping your home in pristine, “show-ready” shape is all the more difficult. But with the Tampa area being one of the ten hottest real estate markets of 2017, you don’t want to miss out on this opportunity to sell and sell big!
So how do you cope with it all? First, take a deep, cleansing breath. Now… follow the advice of people who have been there, done that. You CAN do this!
1. Make packing and moving an adventure!
Once your house is on the market you know you are going to be preparing for a move eventually, so start right away. Give your kids little projects to complete to keep them busy and to make them feel like they are part of the process. You would be amazed at how much help they can be if given the chance.
2. Have a “go-and-show” plan.
You want to take every opportunity possible to show your house, so prepare and be ready to head out the door if you get that last-minute call from your realtor. Have a list of “things to do” in mind so that you aren’t just killing time while you wait.
3. Remember that less is more.
One of the jobs you can give to your kids is to choose the toys and other items that are most special to them to keep in their rooms while preparing to move. The rest should be packed and stored out of the way. Remember that visitors will likely look in closets and open drawers, so make sure you have smart storage solutions.
4. Don’t forget to flush!
We all know that kids, especially younger ones, can be a little absent minded when it comes to their toileting habits. Assign someone to be in charge of checking all the bathrooms prior to leaving the house just to be sure everything has been flushed away!
5. Do a sniff test.
Let’s face it… kids can stink sometimes. Summertime is a prime time for sweaty, smelly children who might not be as concerned with personal hygiene as they should be. The odors emanating from them are NOT the first impression you want to make on potential buyers. So be hyper aware of how your home, and especially their rooms, smells.
6. Stay neutral.
If you have decorated your little ones’ rooms with bright colors and specific themes, you may want to change it up to appeal to buyers. Remember that they want to be able to picture the house as their own, and that is easier to do with rooms that have neutral colors and simple décor.
I know… easier said than done. But your house does not have to be perfect every second. Try to keep up with clutter and cleanliness a little each day so that you don’t become overwhelmed when you find out someone is coming to see your house. And remember to let your kids help!
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