home owners do not know the stress of selling their home untill they go
through the process. Many of my clients in Northern Virginia decide to
move up from a town home to a single family once the family grows or a
big change in lifestyle occurs.
Here are tips on how to survive the selling process with young kids at home in the Northern Virginia Real Estate Market Place:
1. Prepping your Home- You
know your children & family needs prepping your home will cut your
stress while selling your home. If they are not going to play or need
toys, clothing or things like winter boots may be put away in storage or
pack away. The less is on display it will be easier for you to clean
and manage. This prep needs to be done prior to putting the home on the
2. Depersonalize your home
- Remove your kids and family pictures, their display of names, awards
& posters that your teenager might love to have it on the wall.
There are 2 reasons, one of them is in this day of internet you never
know what the intent of the person is when they walk into your home and
second the buyer wants to connect with your home and not see/feel your
family in the home.
3. Grag & Go bag-
I think this is a top of the list advice for all my clients
irrespective age of the kids they have. Create a bag that is grab and go
bag. In this bag, put items that you will think you will need if there
is a short notice showing or you have to stay back later while some one
is previewing your home. Essential items like diaper, wipes, food, extra
pair of clothing, toys or books, blanket, cash and so on. You can leave
this bag in your car or near the door. Please do replenish as soon as
you use something.
4. Hide Away Baskets-
Place mid size basket or containers where you can throw things as you
go see in each room. That way the room cleaning will not take long and
you can find things in one place. You can hide these basket if you don't
want it to be floating around either under the bed or in closet space
and in short period you will have clean room ready to show!
5. Staging Baskets-
I learned this tip from one of my seller client. They had 3 young kids
and a dog. Whenever they got a showing call, she would pull out
the staging basket that holds candles, white clean luxurious looking
bath towels, nick nags, table place mats and so on. Within few minutes,
she would swap the things in the each room and the home looked like
6. Showings Notices-
You can definitely request showings by appointment only. If you know
your toddler sleeps from 1-2 PM let your Realtor know ahead of the time.
We can input in internal remarks to respect showings schedule but
be reasonable at the same time. Too many restrictions may turn off the
Create a meal plan and if possible keep it ready to go. Discuss with
your local Realtor about a slow day and/or may be prepare few meals
prior to going on the market. That way your home will not smell and you
will have homemade food for whole family.
8. Check the toilets-
OK as a Realtor with over 11 year in industry I have seen many things,
including little one went poo and did not flush. Worst the toilet lid
was open...buyers don't want that smell or site!
9. Odor Free- As
much as it is important to declutter and clean up, it is far more
important not to smell your home with diapers and kids fragrances.
Please do not over power your homes with strong fragrances by buying
plugins. Spray products similar to Freebze, leave a box of baking soda
or if time permit throw some cookies in the oven.
10. Plan out place to go:
Being out of the house for few hours and keeping the kids (and
yourself) calm may be a challenge. It will be wise for you to research
some of the activities or places you can take your kids. Example, I had a
parent who would take her kids to library for daytime showings, at the
mall/playground during evening showings or over a weekend family decided
to go camping while the home was on the market the first weekend. One
other client of mine had a good friend down the street whenever we had a
showing schedule she would go over there and hangout with her friend.
Bottom line: You are doing everything for your ultimate goal to move to your next step in your life. So team up with your local Virginia Realtor to get the job done!
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