Every seller faces some obstacles when it comes to selling a Knoxville home. Whether it’s struggling to keep your home clean or having to get your pets out of the house for showings, selling a home comes with its own sort of obstacles for every seller.
One of the tougher obstacles is selling a Knoxville home with kids. While it’s not kids who are ultimately the problem, it tends to be trying to wrangle all of the toys and keep the home clean, especially if you’re outnumbered in the process.
In this post, we’ll offer some advice on how to sell a Knoxville home with kids.
One of the toughest parts of selling a Knoxville home with kids is trying to keep a house clean. Kids of any age naturally create messes. It’s not that they mean to, it just kind of happens.When you’re selling your Knoxville home with kids, one of the best things to do is to contain the mess. It will make cleaning up for showings a great deal easier.
When you’re selling your Knoxville home with kids, one of the best things to do is to contain the mess. It will make cleaning up for showings a great deal easier.
If your kids normally play in the bonus room or family room, try and keep playtime contained in those rooms. That way at least, it can be easier to clean up. If you don’t keep playtime to one room, it’s possible kids can leave a wake of destruction in their path, whether they mean to or not. That can make cleaning up before any last minute showing much more difficult since you could be running from room to room.
When you have kids, there are just naturally a lot of toys, many of which your kids may not even use. Before you list your home, take the time to stow away toys that aren’t normally used. This can help make cleaning up easier and help limit messes around the house. If you don’t have the storage space in your home to store them, consider renting a storage unit while your home sells.
In addition to packing up some old toys, buy some bins or drawers to make storing toys easy. This will make it easy to keep toys organized when you sell. It will also help with managing clutter. Instead of having toys all over the place, you’ll be able to keep the clutter out of the way, so that’s it’s not distracting to buyers.
Depending on the age of your kids, they may or may not be able to understand why you’re selling your Knoxville home. If your kids are able to understand that you’re selling your home, be sure that you explain that to them. In addition, be sure you explain to them what they have to look forward to (i.e. their bedroom in the new home or community pool in a new neighborhood).
Without the proper explanation and something to look forward to, selling a home can be stressful on kids. They may have all of their memories in the home or have friends who are neighbors, so it may be hard for them to think about moving. It’s best to be straightforward. Give your kids something to look forward to and they’ll be happy about selling.
Finally, showings can be a pain for everyone. They can interfere with naps, meals, and weekends. So, instead of seeing them as an interference, see them as an opportunity to have some fun.
Use showings as a time to do something fun with your kids. Whether is going to a local park, going to have a meal at a favorite restaurant, or go to the library and check out some fun books. When you make showings into sometime fun and productive, they make things better on the whole family.
Just remember, showings are a temporary pain. In the current market, they shouldn’t last long.
Are you thinking about selling your Knoxville home this year? Please let us know if there is any way that Knoxville Home Team can assist you. Rick can be reached at 865-696-9002 or via email at [email protected]. Kati can be reached by phone at 865-696-1888 or via email at [email protected].