Staging Your Home with Kids

By: Huntsville Real Estate Expert Mike Manosky On January 26, 2018

Keeping your home clean, tidy and ready to show can be challenging in the best of circumstances, but even more so when you have small children.  Here are a few staging tricks that will keep your house ready for last minute showings while making it attractive to buyers at the same time.

Begin by removing any excess toys and clutter.  Cumbersome toys like play kitchens and picnic tables take up a lot of space and can make a room look crowded and smaller than it is – so remove these items.

Allow your children to pick out a few favorite toys that can be easily stored in attractive containers when showing the house.  Choose an option that makes tidying up quick and easy.  Store all other toys out of sight.

Potential buyers like to be able to see the house as they would have it. So, remove kids’ art work from the refrigerator and convert the playroom into a multi-purpose room. For example, you can stage the playroom as an office by adding a desk and chair, or as a den by adding a small sofa.  That will make the room more appealing to buyers without children.

Finally, consider a fresh coat of paint, especially if you have multi colored rooms that were painted to appeal to your little ones.  Not only will the new paint cover finger-prints and marks on the walls, but choosing neutral colors for all the rooms will help sell your home more quickly and easily.

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