Milton Real Estate - Katherine Barnett, Broker


  • Katherine Barnett
  • 13 October 2015

Selling your home can be very stressful, and adding kids to the equation can make it a nearly impossible task. Adding kids to the mix makes it especially stressful for a young family to sell their home. Children’s routines are thrown off when showings coincide with mealtime or bedtime. 

To reduce the insanity, here are a few tips you can follow to make your life less stressful. 

1.  Declutter - Before listing your home, it’s a good idea to go through each room and decide what needs to go. Start off with getting rid of old toys that they never play with anymore and outgrown clothes. Doing this will also help out when it comes time to move because you will have less things to pack away. 

2. Keep storage containers on hand - When you get that last minute call for a showing you can quickly pack all the small toys away in the storage containers. Putting the storage containers in a closet or the garage is a quick way to tidy up your home before a showing. 

3. Storing bigger toys -  Nothing else opens up the imaginations like a decluttered clean room. Taking the play kitchen and lego table and putting them into storage opens up the room, letting potential buyers imagine how they would decorate their spaces.

4. Utilizing your car - The back of your car is a great place for last minute storage. In a mad dash to keep the house clean before a showing the back of your car can hold those things that don’t have a place.

5. Use attractive storage for remaining toys - Consider adding a cubical storage shelf with canvas baskets to the family room or child’s room to store and showcase the toys that are staying while the house is listed. When toys are organized this way, it’s easier to clean them up quickly. 

The presence of toys probably won’t turn off buyers without children, but keeping things tidy and preventing toys from overwhelming the home will increase the property’s appeal. 

If you are thinking of selling your home and would like to discuss your options, it would be my pleasure to assist you. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or to speak further.