Selling a house with children is not easy to do. Not that children are lined up to be viewed and included as chattels but that all the paraphernalia that is synonymous with children is open for viewing. Okay, there are days when I am sure the Sellers would gladly throw in the children as part of the deal but, I think, that is illegal.
A while ago, my Buyers and I were looking at a home that was immaculate in every nook and cranny. Based on the two children's bedrooms, it was apparent that there was a toddler and a baby living in the house. Both rooms were wonderfully decorated - not too many items, not too many toys strewn about and no smelly baby things. What was more wondrous was the family room. There were no toys in sight. Just when we thought that this was a family that fun forgot, we found the toys stacked neatly in the cupboard under the stairs. The house had been cleaned (and I mean cleaned in every nook and cranny)and staged for an Open House. Still!!!
There were baby proof items such as the spinning door knob covers and the kitchen cupboard door latches in the house. All other items related to children (such as that ever present net with $500 of bath toys hung over the tub) were boxed and put away. It was amazing. I repeat - really amazing and a tad shocking that the parents could have done such a fantastic job.
My Buyers were not planning to have children. In other houses we had seen, the toys and heaps of children's laundry were ever present. Not in this place. It was immediately possible for the Buyers to see themselves living in the home and to see that, with only painting the two children's rooms, this house could become their haven.
We made an offer to buy the home.
Photo credit: Rubber Duckie