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Home Selling With Children

Chances are good that among the most stressful things you will experience, home selling will land near the top of the list. Planning on uprooting and moving to a new location causes anxiety. Then there is hoping that people come to open houses; hoping that they see your home and offer something close to the asking price; hoping that all the inspections go smoothly; hoping that nobody backs out at the last minute; hoping and hoping and hoping. Only one thing can make all of this even more stressful: children.

People trying to sell their home and raise their children at the same time are engaged in an extremely difficult task. Not only do you have to navigate all the things that everyone selling a home must, you are also responsible for handling the emotional needs and physical presence of beings who, though we love them, often make life far more challenging than it otherwise might be.

For this reason, we are going to be spending a few days on the topic of how to prepare a home for sale when there are children in the mix.

The first and probably the most important thing to do is to make sure that your children understand what is happening. Often, parents assume that the knowledge of the move will cause their children some distress. While it is entirely possible that children will be unhappy at the idea of relocating to another home, another city, another school, it is also a fact that hiding the information from them will only lead to even more trouble down the line.

Take the time to sit down with your children and explain what is about to happen. Tell them about the sale, about the move. Yes, they might be upset, but there is also a good chance that they will want to help prepare the home. You can transform the experience into a chance to bond as a family, with the children assisting you in repainting, cleaning, picking up toys, and taking the time to remember the things you did in this home that you will be leaving soon.

There is no way to escape the challenges associated with home selling and the extra challenge of trying to sell a home with kids. However, there are ways to transform the experience into one of connection rather than resentment, something that will resonate far beyond the time it takes to finalize the sale of the home.

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