There is a lot of work involved in getting your home ready to be listed for sale. You want it to be in the best condition possible. It can be overwhelming and stressful, but it must be done to get the best possible price for it. If you have children, they can help! Don’t underestimate their ability and desire to be a part of the process. Here is a list of kid-friendly tasks that will allow your children to assist in getting your home ready to sell:
Putting Toys Away – Have your children gather toys from all over the house. The last thing you want is a potential buyer tripping over a Lego or matchbox car. Once they have gathered all their toys in one place, have them go through them to decide if there are any they are willing to part with. This will help with clearing out spaces.
Depersonalizing – Give your children the mission of finding all the family photos in the home and taking them down. It’s important that potential buyers are able to envision your home as their own and that’s challenging when they are looking at pictures of your family on every wall. How to Depersonalize Your Home for Sale Without Losing Its Charm
Painting Exterior Fence – Do you have a wood fence surrounding your property? Has it seen better days? Giving it a makeover is a great way to spruce up your curb appeal Depending on their age, children can do a great job giving the fence a fresh coat of paint.
Dusting & Vacuuming – When your house needs to be sparkling clean for showings, you are going to want to vacuum and dust daily. Little ones love to dust…give them a feather duster and let them go nuts! Assign vacuuming duty to older children. If they are tall enough to handle the vacuum, they are capable of helping keep the floors clean!
Cleaning Up the Yard – First impressions are important! Potential buyers may not even want to go in to look at your house if they outside is a mess. Have your kids help by removing debris such as sticks, branches, and leaves from the yard and flower beds. If there are any toys outside, have them pick them up and store them appropriately. Older kids can help with mowing and edging to keep your yard looking nice. The Importance of Curb Appeal
Planting Flowers – Little ones love digging in the dirt! If you’re going to plant some flowers to enhance your curb appeal, allowing your children to help will make it less of a task and more an activity you can enjoy together!
While you might think that you just want your kids to stay out of the way while you are preparing your house for sale, you might be surprised at how much they are capable of if given the opportunity. A lot children thrive when given the chance to help their parents. You can kill two birds with one stone by not only keeping your children busy, but also getting things done quicker so you can have your house ready to list and show as soon as possible!
If you’re thinking about buying or selling a home in the New River Valley area, contact professional, experienced Realtor Desi Sowers and let her assist you with all your real estate needs. Give her a call today at 540-320-1328