Selling a home can be a daunting and time-consuming experience, especially if you have children or pets. While they bring joy and love to your home, they can also create some challenges when it comes to presenting your home in its best light to potential buyers. In this blog post, we’ll offer some tips to help make the process of selling your home with pets and kids easier.
Make Arrangements for your Pets during Showings
When potential buyers come to view your home, it’s important to have your pets out of the way. You don’t want them to be a distraction or cause any discomfort for your visitors. Consider having a trusted friend or family member look after your pets during showings, or take them for a walk to ensure they are not present at the time of a showing. Additionally, you may want to remove any pet-related items, such as food bowls, toys, or litter boxes, to further minimize any potential distractions for the buyers.
Remove Pet Odors
Pets can sometimes have a distinct smell, and if you’re used to it, you may not notice it anymore. However, potential buyers may notice it, and it can sometimes create a negative impression. To remove pet odors, clean your carpets and upholstery, wash pet bedding regularly, and use gentle air fresheners to keep your home smelling fresh, without overwhelming visitors.
Declutter and Organize
When selling your home, decluttering and organizing are essential tasks, and they become even more critical when children and pets are involved. We suggest taking the time to sort through your belongings, pack away toys and pet accessories, and organize everything in your home, ensuring that everything has a designated spot. By doing so, when you receive a showing request, it will be easier to tidy up and prepare for the showing, as everything is already organized, making the process much more manageable.
Plan for Showings with Children
Planning ahead for showings can significantly improve yours and your children’s experience. Having a plan in place, such as determining how long it will take to tidy up and where you’ll go during a showing, such as visiting a friend or family member or going to a nearby playground, can be incredibly helpful. Encouraging your children to assist with tidying up and selecting where to go can also make the process more manageable, as it can help them feel involved and motivated to participate.
Communicate with your Real Estate Agent
Continued communication with your real estate agent is crucial, as they are equipped and eager to offer valuable assistance to their clients. Your real estate agent can provide guidance and advice on preparing your home for sale, as well as managing your children and pets during showings. With the right real estate agent, you can feel confident and supported throughout the home selling process, knowing that you have a trusted advisor by your side.
Selling your home with pets and kids doesn’t have to be an overwhelming process. By taking the time to prepare your home, communicate with your real estate agent, and plan ahead for showings, you can ensure that potential buyers are comfortable and your home is presented in its best light.
The LorenzTeam understands the unique challenges that come with selling a home with pets and children, and we are committed to providing our clients with the support and guidance they need to achieve their real estate goals. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you sell your home with ease.