Selling a House with Kids

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Raising children is a wonderful experience, but without a doubt, it’s also a stressful one. Now, let’s pair raising children with arguably the second if not first most stressful thing out there: moving. Many parents are faced with the dilemma of having to pack up out of their already established home and moving elsewhere, taking their children along for a particularly taxing journey. However, selling a house with kids doesn’t have to the overbearing task it seems to be. With a little creativity, a lot of planning, and just a bit of luck, this endeavor can be a smooth one. Here is how to make it so.close-up-door-keyhole-101808 (1)

Don’t think of it as a burden: Let’s be real, moving isn’t at the top of our lists of fun things to do in our spare time. But sometimes you’ve got to fake it until you make it, especially if young kids are involved. Make moving an enjoyable experience by adding creativity into the mix. Children are naturally creative and crave imaginative activities. Make organizing a game, dream up ways to decorate their new rooms, and decorate packing boxes so that you know what belongs where!

Look into a babysitter: Chances are, you’ll have to show the house. Kids are wonderful and joyous in most situations. Showings aren’t always one of them. Don’t delay the selling process because your kids are running around, doing what they do best. Many people are understanding, but it’s not a risk worth taking. Hire a babysitter or have close relatives watch your children while people are viewing the house. We also suggest looking into other house showing tips for sellers centered around selling with children. We also recommend hiring a babysitter for days when you want to focus on packing, cleaning, and organizing. These pieces are often the most burdensome when it comes to moving and selling, and having to watch small children on top of that can really draw these tasks out. By hiring a babysitter, you’ll free up your day to cross all of the necessities off of your to-do list. Everyone wins!

Get rid of the clutter: If you have several small children who have accumulated a wealth of toys and clothing over the years, then chances are, you also have a lot of clutter. Kids grow out of both their toys and clothes, leaving nothing but filled up bins, closets, and other storage spaces. Now is the time to rid yourself of all of junk that is no longer being used. Donate toys to your local Goodwill. Have a lot of clothes? Either sell them to a children’s consignment shop or donate them. Another family will be more than grateful for them!

Keep your kids informed: Don’t try to hide the fact that you’re moving or why you’re moving from your children. It’s a stressful and emotional time, especially for a young mind. Doing everything as a family will help the process move along smoother and more peacefully!

Before you decide to sell, be sure to research more essential guides to selling a house with kids to keep you and your family ready for the big move. Also be sure to check out our product reviews and blogs on Momma’s Little Reviews & Giveaways for new posts and reviews! Happy moving!

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