Navigating The Home Selling Journey with Kids 


Navigating the sale of your home can be a daunting task, particularly when balancing the demands of motherhood, especially with kids. The most important aspect of selling your home is effective planning and strategizing around the timing of the sale, considering the end of the school year and the start of summer break. This involves coordinating efforts to maintain a clean and appealing home for potential buyers while ensuring minimal disruption to your children’s routines and activities. But fear not! As a Realtor and a mother, I’ve got you covered with five smart steps to create a space that not only keeps your children entertained but also leaves a lasting impression on interested buyers. Let’s tackle this challenge together and get your house ready for showings!

Your Realtor is Your Guide

One of the most important aspects of a GREAT Realtor is their ability to communicate clearly. Your agent should keep you informed about the selling process every step of the way, providing regular updates and addressing any concerns or questions you may have, thus alleviating stress and uncertainty during this busy time. An experienced agent who works with families will establish clear timelines for tasks such as decluttering, staging, and preparing for showings, to ensure that everyone is on the same page and aware of upcoming deadlines.

If You Don’t Need It, Pack It

Create an inviting space by temporarily storing bulky or excess items. Utilize unfinished areas like a basement, attic, or even the garage for storage. While your children may love their blow-up ball pit, it’s best to maintain the flow of the house during showings. Similarly, limit family photos and kids’ artwork on display to avoid unintentional distractions.

Declutter & Consolidate

Kids bring joy, but they can bring clutter. Dedicate a weekend to decluttering. Evaluate each item and ask, “When was the last time I used this?” If uncertain, it’s time for it to find a new home. Clearing out extra items creates a more organized and spacious living environment, bringing peace of mind. For some favorite toys that your kids play with often, consider utilizing decorative storage boxes or baskets for easy access and to keep toys out of sight. Remember, don’t fret about keeping your kid’s belongings neat 100% of the time; a stray toy or two won’t deter potential buyers.

Always Prepare Before a Home Showing

Scheduling showings with kids requires planning. Request at least four hours of notice and communicate with your agent about your family’s schedule. Mark off important times, like naps or mealtimes to maintain routines. Create a checklist for each showing, reminding you to tidy up toys or rearrange the playroom. Navigating showings seamlessly while keeping your home in top shape can happen with proper planning.

Create a “Go-Kit” for Your Children

Timing is crucial when preparing kids for showings. Explain the importance of showing the house to your kids, and making them feel involved in the process. Create a “Go-Kit” for the kids to grab and go when it’s time to leave the home for a showing. The “Go-Kit” can include small items like portable games, coloring books, and a special snack or drink. By creating a positive experience, you enhance their willingness to cooperate and have fun!

It’s important to remember to have open communication throughout the home-selling process. This includes discussing the reasons for selling the home with your kids and involving them in decisions when possible. Additionally, maintaining a sense of stability and routine during this transition period can help children feel more secure amidst change.  The home selling process can be stressful.  With careful planning and attention to detail, you’ll not only showcase your home effectively but also ensure minimal disruption to your family’s routine.

If you are looking to sell your home, Nicole Ethier is here to help you through your home selling journey.


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