Hi, I’m Warren Oberholser. I’m a realtor in the East Bay Tri-Valley area in Northern California. My goal is to help both buyers and sellers get maximum results for one of their biggest investments, their home. and sellers get maximum results for one of their biggest investments, their home.
How to sell your home while you’re under the influence of your children
Okay, admit it. You started watching those do it yourself home selling and staging TV shows the minute you decided to sell your home. You’re not alone.
But you should keep in mind that those amazing TV stagers have an unlimited budget and tons of people to help them. What the shows don’t reflect is the reality of the basic American home sellers’ situation.
Depending on how you maintained your home since you purchased it, preparing it for the market can be expensive. All the repairs, the painting, the cleaning, and the decluttering, it’s a lot of work as well. Add on the price of hiring a professional home stager, and we’re talking some big money coming out of your pocket.
However, making your home the beauty of the local real estate market is one of the most important things you can do, so it will appeal to a broad range of buyers and generate top dollar at the closing table.
Now, bring your kids into the equation. The most annoying part of selling your home when you have children is having to keep it tidy and staged while it’s on the market. The second most annoying aspect is those potential buyers, who ask for a last-minute showing.
Let’s talk about staging a home that harbors children. Again, those last-minute showing requests are a pain. But if you truly want to get your home sold, you need to accommodate those buyers and get the kids on board. Consider the following tips, determine how long it’ll take to tidy up your home in time for the buyer to do their walkthrough. Then have your listing agent put a notice in the MLS requiring the time you need for the showing. So for example, if it takes an hour to tidy up, then the listing agent will note that buyers need to give the homeowner an hour’s notice before showing. This will give you enough time to cover the basics of pickup, cleaning, and getting yourself and the children out of the house.
Keep the kids distracted while you tidy up. Unless of course, your kids are immensely helpful, give them some activities to do that will keep them occupied without making any new messes for you to straighten up.
What I recommend is purchasing a few of those cheap laundry baskets from the dollar store, and use them to stash, toys, mail, dirty dishes, and all the other clutter you encounter as you go through your home while you tidy it up. Then throw the baskets into the trunk of your car, or if there’s an area in your home like a storage unit that’s locked to the buyers that they won’t see them.
You should check every toilet before leaving the home. Kid’s potty, flush. If your children are like mine when they were young, they tend to skip that last step. Now you need to prioritize. Let’s take a list of the basics of straightening up when you have limited time. These steps are prioritized from the most important to the least.
Start in the kitchen, move the dirty dishes from the sink to the dishwasher and scrub the sink. Remove the clutter from the countertops and then wipe them clean. Wipe down the stove, take out the trash, and sweep the floor.
Move on to the bathrooms, Flush the toilet and put down the toilet seat. Clear the clutter from the countertops and wipe them down. Clean the sink and wipe water spots off the faucets. Take out the trash, replace soiled towels with fresh ones, and sweep the floor.
Work on the entryway. If you have a little table in your entryway, remove all clutter on it and dust it. Remove all clutter period from the entryway. Now turn your attention to the bedroom. If you haven’t made your beds yet, do so now. Pick up toys and stash them away so they’re out of sight, and remove all clutter. On your way out, turn on all the lights in the home. Home, and open up all windows and coverings.
And last, count heads to make sure you haven’t left anyone behind. Then you’re off to the park and congratulate the babies for a job well done. I hope this video helps you have a successful and sane home sale. If you
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