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Whether it is sustainable or not, the housing market in the United States was undeniably hot for much of 2021. In some of the most desirable markets, homes are only listed for a few days before multiple offers come in. But even in a seller’s market, there are trade-offs when the staging can affect the final purchase price – especially if you have young children in your home.
Selling a home is stressful – and this is especially true for parents raising young children. Staging a house to make it attractive and clear for buyers can seem like an impossibility when your home is overflowing with toys, piles of dirty clothes from messy toddlers, and stray goldfish crackers wrapped between couch cushions. But it is possible and important.
“The staging is one of the most important parts of selling a home,” she says Sparkling rattle, CEO and Agent for Promise Land Realty Group, a Michigan-based real estate company. “When a buyer is looking, they don’t know much about a home other than what it looks like and if they can imagine living there. In this market too, it is definitely important to show (your home) as best as possible. When I talk to salespeople, we talk about the staging very early on. ”
But for parents worried about how to make their home neutral and devoid of anything they need for their children on a daily basis while they are still living there, the process doesn’t have to be overly daunting or intimidating.
Start by clearing out your home quickly
Typically, when shoppers walk through a house, they are trying to get a feel for what their furniture and personal effects will look like in a room. It can be helpful to take a few simple steps, such as: B. Ensure that small objects are picked up from the ground and sidewalks. Similarly, tucking items on countertops in cupboards and packing away fridge magnets (and all the artwork they hold) can make the kitchen look less cluttered.
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“One of the tips I give my salespeople is to just start cleaning up,” says Rattler. “Just put away the snack bars and breakfast cereals and other things you might have on the counter – you want to keep them clean and tidy.”
Get creative with memory
People usually move for a reason, and a common reason for families with young children is simply a need for more space. In smaller households where baby and toddler items have taken over the living space, Rattler points out that there are some space-saving solutions that sellers can consider.
Using large containers that fill and fit in a closet, or furniture with hidden storage compartments, can be creative ways to hide some last-minute shows – and then easily access them again. If additional closet or basement space is not available, use decorative trash cans that can be stacked in a corner of the room.
You should also keep seasonal or infrequently used items in bins that can be kept in garages, basements, or other more secluded areas of a house. For things that the children need on a daily basis, these can be placed in more accessible places – but still creatively hidden.
“Try to put things that are not needed at any moment,” says Rattler. “I recommend things like containers or pieces of furniture like stools that open up and offer storage space. To have places where you can put these toys away in no time and run out the door before a demonstration. ”
Remember, neutral is better
When a potential buyer is trying to introduce himself or his family in a room, the greatest way to complicate that vision is to have pictures of other people all over the place. Rattler recommends jotting down pictures and other personalized items.
“Marketing is a big part of selling a home,” she says. “Depersonalization is very important. You never know what type of buyer will come through your home. So for you, your home could be a nice family home for you and your children. But if a buyer is a single person, he has to be able to introduce himself there. ”
Walls don’t have to be bare for a home to be depersonalized. More general or neutral works of art can be kept in moderation. But for older kids with wall stickers or other decorations covering their bedroom walls, these items should probably come down.
Some potential buyers are sure to have children as well, so some family elements that are in a room are fine as long as it isn’t overwhelming.
“We don’t want a home to look boring, but rather as neutral as possible,” says Rattler. “You don’t want to delete yourself completely from the property. It’s about looking clean and organized. For example, if we have a room as a children’s room in the staging, we will still make it look like a children’s room. You don’t have to completely redecorate the room. ”
Call in reinforcements
The best news for parents who are stressed out about cleaning up a child-dominated home is that they don’t have to do it alone. Rattler says the best place to start is simply to consult with the real estate agent you are working with. If you really want to go all out, there are even firms and consultants who specialize in brokering properties for sale that can help those who are particularly intimidated by the process.
But even in a seller-friendly market, the rewards for the time to clean up and depersonalize, alone or with help, can be substantial.
“Even if it’s a seller’s market, you still want to get the best price for your property,” says Rattler. “It’s still competitive. Even if a real estate agent or investor can see the potential of a property, sometimes buyers don’t see the same things. You may see things as too much work. We see the vision, but that’s because we do it every day. A salesperson cannot do this. The cleaner and more attractive you can make the house, the more potential offers you can receive. ”