Selling a home while you’re still living in it isn’t easy, but selling a home when you still live in it and have kids is infinitely harder.
From the ongoing hunt for stray toys to buyers who turn their noses up at your daughter’s princess pink bedroom walls, you’ll have a lot on your plate—but you can still make sure you get great offers when selling with kids.
To get the most offers (and the best deal), you’ll have to present your home as a blank canvas anyone could love and not just a home fit for kids.
Here’s how to pull it off
Stage for Everyone
While some buyers will likely have children of their own—or plan to have children—potential buyers who don’t will have a hard time picturing themselves in a house full of children’s belongings.
To make your home appeal to the widest range of buyers possible, you’ll need to minimize your children’s presence throughout the house:
Most buyers look for multi-purpose rooms they can tailor to fit their own lifestyle. If you have a room in your home—a game room, den or office—currently configured as a playroom, be sure to stage the area before you start showing the house to potential buyers.
By creating a minimalist open space, buyers can picture their own belongings in the room.
Prep the Bedrooms
Children’s bedrooms can be a hard sell to all buyers. To make bedrooms appear to have universal appeal, you’ll have to do some staging.
Keeping Your Kids Sane
Many kids struggle with the idea of moving in general and won’t love the idea of packing up their stuff early. To make the transition easier on your kids, let them pick out their favorite toys, books and stuffed animals. Store those items in an easily accessible box you can take out after every showing. By having their favorite stuff around every night, they’ll feel more comfortable during this period of flux.