A challenge that many agents face, is showing a House that has a lot of children’s toys and clutter. Owning a home with children isn’t a bad thing at all, but it doesn’t always translate to a Buyer Friendly home. Let’s face it, when a house is on the market you need it to be buyer friendly.
Here are 10 tips you can pass on to your kid friendly client to help make sure their house is always show ready.
- Declutter. The biggest and easiest way to keep the house ready to show is to get rid of some of the old toys and clothes that tend to pile up in kids rooms. Clean out!
- Request a minimum notice on showings, so you have time to clean and get the kids out the door. It might not be popular, but if the buyer is serious they will wait the extra time. Sometimes simply having a two hour notice and a game plan is all you need to avoid the headaches and sell your house.
- Have a checklist of the things that need to be cleaned in each room before a showing. This will help you get organized faster.
- Store bigger toys in garage. Chances are you will have some large toy vehicles, tables, or kitchen sets hanging around their play spaces, moving those into a garage can instantly make the home look roomier and cleaner. Moving these to storage is also a great option.
- Use the car for extra storage space. This sounds crazy, but it is about the only place the buyers aren’t going to inspect. So make sure your backseat and trunk are clear enough to store the stuff you do not have room for in closets.
- Keep storage bins with tops in case you only have a moment’s notice to pack up every lego, puzzle piece, doll, and crayon to shove in your car, closet, or garage.
- Occupy the kids an hour before showings. Pop in their favorite movie or show to make sure the cleaning that is being done doesn’t immediately get undone.
- Have a list of hour-long activities outside the house ready. Showings take at most an hour so make sure you aren’t scrambling for something to do when the potential buyers show up. Plus, it can be fun to come up with the list with your kids and can always use it in the future.
- Try spending time outside of the house every day. Even though it can be a hassle to get the kids out the door, doing so can also cut down on kids pulling out toys and making a mess. Saving you cleaning time.
- Think about using paper or plastic plates for breakfast and lunch. Chances are most showings will happen before dinner in that part of the day where you think, “Oh the dishes can wait.” Cut out on the kitchen cleaning by using disposable plates and utensils earlier in the day.
These tips will not only help make a child friendly house buyer friendly, it will probably save the client time and frustration.
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