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Homeselling Tips When You Have Young Kids

By Stephen Davis
Special to Relocation.com

Selling a house and moving is a hard task in itself. Add a bunch of energetic attention seeking kids and you have a situation that can be difficult for both you and your kids. The best thing is to get organized and plan for this special moving situation.

Begin by organizing the kids. Most likely your kids will have a large collection of toys. Kids like to collect them and they like to leave them where they last played. It is important that you remove the toys and keep your place clean for prospective homebuyers. Parents become used to the scattered belongings of their kids but a buyer will notice them immediately. The easiest way around this is to get colorful boxes or toy shelves for the kid’s room. When a buyer comes, it will be easier for you to make the place look tidy.

Stay outdoors more.
During the first few weeks, there will be a lot of buyers visiting your property. Plan a vacation or have a lot of trips to help keep the house clean and your kids happy. This way you will save yourself from a lot of stress and trouble.

Eat out.
Eating at home can make quite a mess when you have children. Cleaning up takes time and that isn’t suitable when you have buyers coming in every few minutes. Prepare meals like sandwiches that do not cause a lot of mess. Also, try to eat out often or get food delivered to your place.

Use half the toys.
Your kid’s toy collection will probably be large. Although the solution mentioned earlier does work, there is an even better option. Ask your kids to choose half the toys that they will use and pack the other half away. This will make more space and make the house look tidy, two important factors that attract buyers.

Involve your kids.
Kids don’t like being left out. During the sale, try to involve your kids and assign them tasks. Make them feel like they are part of the whole house selling project. Helping kids feel responsible and grown up can also help their behavior. They will act as grown-ups which will give you the peace to concentrate on the various aspects of moving and selling your home.

Ask buyers for time.
When you have kids, it is extremely difficult to keep everything proper all the time. Ask your buyers to give a 24-hour notice before they come to visit the property. This will give you time to prepare everything and manage your family more efficiently.

Reward your kids.
If you look from their point of view, it is very hard to live without toys, deal with visitors and keep everything tidy round-the-clock. Your children try hard to cope with the house selling. Reward your kids with treats and outings to appreciate their cooperation and patience. Keep them happy and they will help you keep things in order for the sale.

Mention your new home often and discuss with your kids how they will set their new room. This will give them something to look forward to and keep them happy.

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