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You’ve come to a point where you have to sell because you’ve outgrown your home since you and your partner have now added kids (or “tiny humans” as we refer to them in our house) into the mix. With these “tiny humans” comes a ridiculous amount of baggage. Oh man, the baggage! (Insert eye rolling emoji here).
So, what do you do to get your house show ready and make it look like your home isn’t a playhouse with primary colours taking over every square inch? Here’s some advice coming from a working Realtor® mom of two “tiny humans” and a husband (sometimes, and often, referred to as child #3)
Involve your children as much as possible. My kids LOVE helping with everything, so why not put them to work and make them think it’s a game. You know how much I can get done when I tell them we’re playing a game?
“Alright let’s play a game. Who can hide the most toys?” By “hide”, I mean pack away in boxes. Packing as much as possible is probably the best thing you can do to get your home show ready. Your plan is to move, so why not get that head start now?
Hide all the boxes packed with toys. I made the mistake of prepping recently for a neighbourhood yard sale and taking the old toys and sending them into the garage. No problem there, until we went to play outside, and I opened the garage door and the kids thought Santa had come!
The easiest thing to do is remove them completely from the home so there’s no evidence. I understand that may not always be the case but leaving a couple “essential to keeping the peace” toys is not a big problem either. As Michelle mentioned in her staging blog where she explains "less is more", this speaks volumes when you have to sell your home with small children. So, if you cannot remove it completely, then maybe keep it contained to the middle of a room in the basement, or away from “adult’ spaces, making sure you leave plenty of floorspace for potential buyers to see and walk around the entire room. Packing the boxes into one corner may seem like a great idea but buyers automatically assume you are hiding something.
Remove the gross parts about having these wonderful “tiny humans” around. If you have a diaper pail in the nursery, it’s probably a really good idea to empty it well before viewings or hide it away somewhere. Same goes for the potty. Just like the “big humans” potty, it’s always good to make sure it’s clean and the seat is closed.
All those bottles, sippy cups, plates - remove them from the kitchen counter. I know that’s where they're all hanging out because it’s easier access for the independent “slightly less tiny human” who wants to do everything on their own, but we want the kitchen to show for adults. For a short little while, just let them know it has to get put away so potential buyers don’t think about the same reason you’re moving – that they’ll outgrow your home as well…..
Moving can be a stressful time for you and it’s just the same for the little ones. Depending on their age, this may be the only house they know and the thought of moving from their safe place could be scary. Making this a fun and exciting time while encouraging them to “help” with all the preparation will ease them through the transition into the new home as well as help you keep your sanity through showings, selling and moving!
We have tons of experience helping families transition from their starter homes and into the next chapter of their lives. We’re here to help right from the start, so don’t be shy to have us come over and provide our guidance to alleviate the stress during these life changing events!
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