Imagine a youngish mom of three kids – a newborn, a toddler and a preschooler, cleaning and packing and moving across states. At first it might sound like no big deal. But when you think about it, just keeping a house clean on a regular basis with little kids at home can feel downright impossible. Add in selling a house to the mess and it would be safe to say, mom was a little stressed.
If this is you, take heart – there are things you can do to make this stage of life easier.
10 Tips For Selling A Home When You Have Small Children
Here we go with the list!
Clear away the clutter
The biggest and best thing you can do when you are getting ready to sell your house is to CLEAN UP.
Get a great photographer
Beautiful, inviting pictures can make or break the sale of your house. Be sure to get an amazing photographer who can show off all the best things about your house an downplay the worst.
Create a gender neutral space
This is especially important for kids rooms. Make sure you gender-neutralize kids rooms. You want your potential buyers to be able to quickly imagine themselves moving in to the house.
Reduce furniture to make rooms seem larger
Large furniture can definitely make a room look small. Downsize your furniture, or simply remove some pieces to make the whole place seem larger.
Reduce closet clutter
Don’t be tempted to shove everything in the closet. This might trick short term guests, but it’s a no-no when selling your house. Potential buyer be looking into every nook and cranny.
Clean clean clean
After you’ve gotten rid of the clutter, clean everything. Everything you’ve only cleaned once the whole time you’ve lived there. Clean everything! It’s easy to overlook little things that get dirty when you live with it every day. But new buys will scrutinize every little thing. Don’t let a little dirt stand in the way of you and selling your house.
Don’t get your feelings hurt
You will probably get feedback from buyers and their realtors after they tour your house. Just remember every potential buyer is looking for “the one” and they are going to be picky. Listen to their feedback with open ears – it might help you prepare for future tours.
Ask a lot of questions
Selling a house can be confusing! Your realtor is there to help you. Don’t be afraid to ask the “stupid questions.” It just might save you a ton of money.
Get it in writing
Contracts are there to protect you and also the buyer. Make sure you read (and understand!) everything you sign. Again, ask questions when you’re not sure.
Don’t Look Back
Final tip – once your house is sold, don’t look back. Leave the past where it belongs and look ahead to your new future home.
What’s your biggest tip when it comes to selling your house? Leave a comment below so we can all make the best move possible.