Summer is here, kids are out of school and you have to sell your house. Now what? We’re not going to sugarcoat it—selling a house when you have children out and about isn’t easy. However, it isn’t impossible. By using strategy, thought, timing, and a dash of honesty, you should be able to sell your home in no time while also keeping the kids happy. Today, I’m going to discuss a few tricks to make this happen so that you and the family could get on with enjoying your summer without the added stress of selling your home.
Be honest with everyone
A lot of parents have a tendency to hide things from their children because they don’t think the youngsters will understand. In this situation, I suggest keeping the kids in the know and explaining to them that you’re selling the house, which is why “strangers” (i.e. potential buyers) will be coming in and out of the home.
Additionally, make sure to explain to potential buyers that you do have kids, especially when they’re around during the showings (we can’t always schedule things for the kids to do when house hunters come over). This will help prevent any awkward moments when they show up to a home with kids around!
Plan things for the kids to do during a showing
Considering it’s summer, finding inexpensive and fun things for the kids to do while you’re showing the house isn’t going to be much of a feat. I’m all about being creative! Plan a scavenger hunt at one of the local parks, go on a nature excursion, or visit a local museum (many are free for kids!) The possibilities are endless and not only give you an excuse to get out of the house, but also the opportunity to have a fun time with the kids!
Also note that you don’t have to schedule something for every single showing given the fact that this can be quite exhausting and time consuming. For the times that you do have to stick around, make sure the kids are well behaved and occupied! Buy them a new toy for the backyard or a new arts and crafts set!
Don’t overbook yourself and your kids
It might seem like a good idea at first to sign your kids up for everything while you sell your house since it guarantees them not being around while your home is being shown. However, parents fail to realize that extra activities equals extra work. Someone needs to drive them, get them ready in the morning, and make sure that they’re prepared for wherever they’re going. It can be exhausting and time consuming. When scheduling out summer activities, be mindful of how much time you’ll need to dedicate every day to them.
Consult with your Realtor
Most experienced real estate agents know the game when it comes to selling a home with kids. Talk to them about what they suggest and how you can make the process easier for everyone involved.
At the end of the day, selling a home when you have young children isn’t going to be easy, but it doesn’t have to be a headache. Be creative and most of all, have fun with it in whatever way you can!
This is a collaborative post.