How to Stage and Show a House with Young Kids
So you are selling your home! Congratulations! And you have young kiddos! Good for you! Except….young kids and staging do not mix well.
Here are some tips that will help you stage while staying sane with young children in the home!
1. Purge and Store
You may have lots of extra toys and kids clothing that your kids do not even use anymore! Get rid of them! Not only does this clear out unneeded “stuff” to help your house look more organized, it will help jump start your packing since it will be less to move!
2. Baskets and Bins!!
So, realistically, you cannot get rid of all the toys. I mean, what are your kids going to do until your home sells?? But buyers do not want to see kids toys when they walk in for a showing. So practically, having extra bins and baskets to toss in the toys that are strewn around before you run out of the house for a showing can really help save you time and help keep your sanity.
3. Friends, Family, Babysitters, Park, Chuck E Cheese
Use any help you can get! When a showing comes up, you may have only 30 minutes to an hour to get ready and out the door. Make sure you have a list of places you can go for an hour or two until your showings are done.
Markers on the wall? Smudges on the table? Scuffs on the floor? Make sure to have a stock of magic erasers for those quick fixes! You will not be able to live with kids in a sparkling house, but you can try very hard to maintain the sparkliness!
5. Go TEAM!
If your kids do not have chores, this could be a good time to instill some hard work. You get a call or text that you have a showing in 1 hour…. Johnny knows he needs to clean up all the shoes, Sarah picks up all the toys and Tommy vacuums! Then you parents can worry about the other things you need to touch up quickly. Team effort can make showings much less stressful!
If you are in a possible short sale situation and want to get more information about the process, please call us. We would like to help you understand what you need to know about a short sale and if you qualify! We have successfully sold over 350 short sales! Yours may be next!
Jennifer Young Homes
Keller Williams Realty