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Home selling preparing your children for moving day

Preparing Your Children for Moving Day

Today we are continuing to explore a topic which affects many people without receiving nearly as much attention as it should: selling a home when children are involved. In our previous articles, we explored the introduction to the topic (which included the importance of talking to your children about the sale, the move, and all things connected with the process) as well as the need to prepare your home for showing by cleaning up some of the more kid-centric features of your home (painting over murals, reverting rooms to more neutral colors, etc). Today, we are going to continue on this topic and explore another important facet of the preparation process.

As children grow, they begin to acquire numerous belongings. These include clothing, utensils, toys, and other bric-a-brac that seems to, almost on its own, accumulate around a child like moons around a larger planet. While these things bring happiness – even if just for a moment – to kids, it is a fact that we discussed in our last article that they are not necessarily the sort of thing that you want inside of your home when you are preparing to stage the space for pictures and, eventually, an open house.

In order to make your space attractive to the widest possible spread of potential buyers, it is important to clear your space of the clutter, as difficult as that may be. A good first step is to put things into closets, chests, and other storage units that are within your home. However, you may find that even after doing this, you still have numerous items that simply do not have a more permanent home than just sitting on the living room floor.

If you find that this is your experience, then it might be worth your while to invest in a storage unit. These can be fixed-location units located within a larger storage facility or they can be storage pods that are able to be transported from your lawn to your own future home.

Having a designated storage space can cut down on much of the stress and anxiety associated with home selling with children as you will no longer need to constantly try and assess whether or not the space is clean enough and, if not, where to place all of the extra objects. You might even find yourself putting more than just the kids belongings inside of the units!

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