Selling your home in today's real estate market has its fair share of challenges. What with ever-changing lending rules and requirements making it more difficult for buyers to qualify, and the market filled with more homes for sale than ever before, its easy to see why many home sellers want to give up before they even get started. Now add to those challenges the fact that you have to keep your home ready for that call from your real estate agent telling you a prospect is coming any minute to preview your home. You're in a panic and the kids toys are everywhere. In this section of MovingWithKids.com, we will provide helpful hints to overcome many of the challenges you face when marketing your home.
Before you begin your home selling journey, always communicate with your kids what is about to take place. Don't over hype the event. They may have over heard you talk about selling the family home and moving or you may have already discussed it with your children. Either way, maintaining good lines of communication with your childern is always important no matter how old they are.
Because selling your home is a family affair, let your kids know up front what's about to happen. Carefully explain what your children should expect and what role they will play in the sale of their home. Agents often invite kids to sign their own listing agreement which helps identify the specific roles your children will play. Many parents build in a reward system to help keep the kids rooms organized and tiddy. The age of your kids will dictate how involved they will be in keeping your home ready for a showing.