If you’ve never had to move with kids, it’s important to understand how stressful it is for a young family to sell their home. A child’s schedule is thrown off when showings coincide with bedtimes or meals. Cleaning and packing are extremely difficult to do around children and there are tons of other details that are all harder to take care of with kids involved than without.
As a home stager, it’s up to you to make a space as beautiful and easy-to-sell as possible. Anything you can do as a home stager to help make this happen will be especially appreciated by parents with children because of the ongoing difficulties of living in a show home while their house is on the real estate market.
It’s almost a full time job to keep a home in ‘showing-ready’ condition for anyone, but babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers can’t grasp the concept of keeping their toys put away at all times. This is why it’s important for you to give the homeowners your best advice about staging a family home and to set up some good storage solutions for the children’s things.
Here are some tips you can use the next time you’re staging a home where small children reside:
- Encourage your clients to keep only one box of toys per child in the house. Make sure the pieces they keep aren’t things like Play-Doh or Lego which is impossible to clean up in a hurry for a last minute showing.
- Remove large items. Play kitchen sets and kid-sized furniture should be put into storage instead of taking up valuable floor space.
- Keep outside toys tidy. Remind the homeowners to keep bicycles and other outdoor toys stored neatly and not strewn across the yard as well – you never know when a drive-by will happen.
- Use attractive storage for remaining toys. A good way to store and showcase the toys that are staying while the house is listed is on a cubical storage shelf with canvas baskets in the family room or child’s room. When toys are organized this way it’s easier to clean up in a hurry.
You’ll find more home staging tips like this in the Staging Diva Ultimate Design Guide: Home Staging Tips, Tricks and Floor Plans.
The presence of toys probably won’t turn off a buyer without children or a plan to have them, but keeping things tidy and preventing toys from overwhelming the home will help increase the property’s appeal.
If you want to be remembered by the family whose home you’re staging, give them this tip for moving with children:
When packing, put a toy or two in every box so the kids are excited about unpacking and the parents have their cooperation while getting the boxes emptied.
Do you have any favorite tips for staging a space where children live? Please share by leaving a comment below.
Debra Gould, The Staging Diva®
President, Six Elements Inc. Home Staging
Debra Gould developed the Staging Diva Training Program to create opportunities for others to grow their own profitable home staging businesses. There are currently over 1000 Staging Diva Graduates around the world. Debra created the Staging Diva Ultimate Design Guide: Home Staging Tips, Tricks and Floor Plans to provide design direction to home stagers feeling they need it.[tags]home staging for a family, home staging, home staging tips, home staging and children, staging diva [/tags]