There’s no doubt that things change in a home when it’s put on the market. Those changes can cause stress for the entire family.
Fortunately, there are ways to reduce that stress considerably. With a little bit of planning, you can even make the home selling process a relatively pleasant experience for everyone.
The first step is to talk candidly with your family, especially kids, about their feelings and concerns regarding selling your home and moving. Their worries may include:
- Losing connections with friends.
- Finding a new job.
- Starting a new school.
- Disruptions in the home during viewings.
- Work involved in preparing the home for sale.
- Keeping the home clean and tidy for viewings.
The more you’re aware of how your family feels about the process, the better you can deal with those issues.
Keeping the home clean for viewings and open houses is usually one of the major stressors. It may feel like you’re tidying up for a special guest several times a week! A solution worth considering is hiring a maid service on a short-term basis. That help can save you a lot of time and stress, especially if you’re also searching for a new home.
During viewings, it’s best for you and your family to be out of the home. So, consider planning little adventures. You can visit a museum, eat at a restaurant you’ve been wanting to try for months, or take the gang to a recreation center. These ideas will go a long way toward alleviating the sense of being “kicked out” of your own home!