Kids and Pets, how can I possibly list my home?
Selling a home while your living in it is never easy. Selling a home with children and pets is definitely harder. Here’s some tips to make it easier:
- First recognize change may be difficult. To assist with the transition let the kids help.
- Everyone gets an easily accessible box (or two). Kids can pick out all their favorite things and when it’s time for a showing everything goes back into the box that can be stored under a bed or in a closet.
- De-personalize rooms, and take pictures first for keepsake for the children. Consider taking down posters, children’s artwork, and photographs.
- Remove all clutter from the outside of the refrigerator, over a desk etc.
- Tidy up the garage. Sports equipment, bikes, and ride -ons. You want the space to appear plentiful.
- The optimum solution for pets is daycare. Consider building the cost into your plans.
- If pet daycare is not an option utilize a crate or sequester to one room. Consider paying a neighbor who may be home to help if you have a scheduled showing.
- Make sure your home does not have pet odors or stains. Consider a professional cleaning and removing soiled rugs. Remove all pet beds and toys. Again, have a box for pet toys and beds, for easy access.
- Purchase an inexpensive dust buster. Do a quick zoom around for pet hair and kid crumbs prior to showings.
- Clean up the yard. All small toys and signs of pets should be removed.
- State preferred showing times and ask for a certain amount of notice. This will give you the time you need to ensure the best showing possible.
Please feel free to call me with help listing your home. I just successfully sold two homes with pets and children considerations, and can help you plan and organize to simplify the process. Just call Maureen at 908-391-9295 or email me, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Maureen Illanovsky, CRS, SRES