Staging with Kids

Listing your home for sale can be stressful, especially with children! Oftentimes kids can find transitions particularly overwhelming so it is important to keep them in mind when you are working on the overall presentation of your home. Here are some great ways to maintain the peace in the family, while also presenting the home as clean, and clutter-free as possible:

Safety First

You never know who is going to be going through your home so protect your children by packing away any special mementos, decor items or collectibles that have their names on them, as well as any personal photographs. Keep school schedules or calendars with personal dates and information in a secure spot so that you don’t give buyers more information than they should have.

Instead of children's names or pictures, using colorful wall decals is a great way to add personality without making the room too personal.

Instead of children’s names or pictures, using colorful wall decals is a great way to add personality without making the room too personal.

Toys, toys, toys!

Part of the preparation process is to pack away as much of the children’ books and toys as possible. Keep in mind however that it should only be for a short while. Once you have moved and everything is unpacked in the new home, it will feel like Christmas for them to rediscover their hidden toys.

To keep the children as involved as possible, give them baskets or a storage bin that tucks under their bed or in their closet, which can turn clean-up time into a snap! Having bins or baskets accessible and yet easy to tuck out of sight for viewings and pictures will ensure kids can help clean up and parents don’t have to feel guilty about putting away toys and treasures.

Too many toys can impact the presentation of a room.

Too many toys can impact the presentation of a room.

Packing the toys away in bins keeps them accessible but not on display.

Packing the toys away in bins keeps them accessible but not on display.

Parents, this is also a great opportunity to go through all those toys and books and purge. If your child has outgrown them, consider donating them to a local daycare or charity that assists kids. By getting your kids involved you will also make them feel good about ensuring their toys go to a deserving place. The results will be less stuff to keep packing away for viewings and fewer things to move!

Kid Friendly Decor

While it’s natural to decorate kids rooms in bright colors when you are living in a home, neutral paint colours such as taupes and grays are better choices when you decide to sell your home. This way spaces could be either a boy’s or girl’s bedroom or maybe even an office or a guest bedroom. All of which means your home appeals to more people instead of waiting for just the right buyer who will appreciate the bright pink or blue bedrooms.

Neutral wall color with small pops of color keep this bedroom kid friendly but with broad appeal for buyers.

Neutral wall color with small pops of color keep this bedroom kid friendly but with broad appeal for buyers.

When it comes to keeping some personality in the rooms while the home is listed for sale, there are lots of great ways to infuse color into a child’s room. Try wall decals which come in a variety of colors and themes to create a collage over a child’s bed or on a focal wall. Alternatively, how about framing up some great craft or scrapbooking paper? These are inexpensive art projects your child can help with and enjoy while the property is up for sale.

For bedding, lots of patterns and loud colors tend not to photograph well. Instead, keep coverlets neutral and preferably in a solid hue. Add personality with a great accent pillow and/or throw to ensure the room still has both personality and appeal for your child.

Neutral bedding with bright walls still keeps it fun for kids.

Neutral bedding with bright walls still keeps it fun for kids.

By sticking with these guidelines, you will ensure your child not only feels involved in the process but also doesn’t feel quite so upset at the thought of moving and leaving behind their home. Preparing a home for sale is stressful at the best of times but having a plan that factors in the needs of your children is essential to keeping peace in the house while it’s up for sale.

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