http://kamberpetty.com/nova/Are you thinking about selling your home with young children in tow? Award-winning realtor and mother of two, Kamber Petty shares her favorite tips to make the process a little less stressful.
Are you thinking about selling your home with young children in tow? Award-winning realtor and mother of two, Kamber Petty shares her favorite tips to make the process a little less stressful.
- Obtain an agent that is child friendly. You need an agent that understands your current situation. It’s difficult to make a phone call with screaming little ones in the background. Parents of young children need to find a realtor that recognizes that a short and to the point email or text is often the best way to communicate. An agent is there to serve you, and you need to find one that best services your family’s needs.
- Set up a plan. Before the home goes on the market, decide on the steps you are going to take to keep the home presentable, handle showings, and secure pets.
- Remember that kids come with lots toys and accessories. Aim to pack up about half of the toys to put in storage. You were going to have to pack them up when you move anyway, so why not do it now? The kids won’t miss the toys, and it makes tiding up before home showings a lot easier. Plus, it will be like a having another a birthday when you unpack the toys at the new house!
- Infants come with lots of gear too, including bassinets, play mats and swings. Buyers are not going to think less of you if have baby gear out in the home. Most of the baby gear on the market today is able to be folded up for easy storage. However, as long as they are not blocking walkways or making a room feel cluttered, it is okay to leave them out.
- Have a catch all basket (or a few!) Spontaneous showings can be much easier when you create a place to put away items quickly. Even kids as young as toddlers can help pick-up toys to put in a big basket in a family room before an agent arrives with prospective homebuyers.
- Request at least an hour’s notice before agents come to show the home. Every minute counts when you have young children. Asking for advance notice gives you a little planning time, especially if you need to work out naps or mealtimes.
About the Author:
Kamber Petty is a mom to two very active boys and a successful Realtor garnering the NVAR Residential Multi-Million Dollar Sales Club Award in 2013. She is also known for her widely successful website, NoVAOutdoors.com. NoVA Outdoors navigates through the parks, playgrounds and hiking trails of the Northern Virginia region.