I think it’s fairly safe to say that no two home sales are the same. Not only is the product being offered unique to its owner, but it also represents a humongous, life-changing purchase. Usually, economists cite buying a new car as being comparable, but in reality, it isn’t even close. There is no production line creating new land, and most homes cost many times more than your average Ford.
Additionally, a home sale takes carefully planned advertising, excellent exposure, and most importantly, the right price. And if you are selling your home while still living in it, there is some additional juggling to be done. Especially if you have young children.
Don’t worry, there are some tried-and-true solutions to that one!
Kids make messes. It’s a fact. Hey, it’s almost part of their job description! Yet, it’s every home seller’s goal for the whole property to be in pristine condition whenever buyers come to see it. This becomes far easier if you minimize the mess by keeping most indoor activity in a centralized area. Try to use a room with a hardwood floor where the kids can play and, well, be kids. Hardwood floors wipe up quickly and are less prone to odor buildup and staining from food spills.
From time to time, apply the Tom Sawyer strategy: get the kids involved. Just like teaching your child to enjoy helping in the kitchen, getting the kids involved in keeping the home clean during the home sale process is a win-win for everyone. Make it fun: who can put away the most toys? Fluff the most pillows? Make them the fluffiest? Kids like to feel like they’re part of things, so figure out what small job they can perform to “help” before each showing. Depending upon their age, the same approach can give them a feeling of connectedness in the whole family moving process. That will be a lifesaver later.
Many developmental experts champion the idea that respecting ‘their space’ is a positive for kids. When children feel that their space is special and truly theirs, it builds their sense of security. Ask their permission to show the room while they are gone (and be prepared to bargain hard if they don’t want to grant it!). Use this as a teaching moment that shows the children how proud they can feel to present a clean and tidy room.
Juggling family life with selling your home may not be easy, but with the right approach, it can become a positive, family-building exercise. Instead of having a sour, nothing-but-lemons-for-lunch experience, it can become a true lemonade-making opportunity.
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