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  • Writer's pictureVanya McCarthy


Selling a home is always a very stressful journey for anyone. Selling your home while your young family still occupies it can be even more challenging.

The showing days can be extremely

overwhelming when you have to present your home in the best possible light. But children are children, and you can't stop your day-to-day life, schedules and routines.

I have gone through this experience, and I promise you it is possible to make it a success with the right approach.

Here are a few tips for selling your staged home while still occupied by your young family:

1. Prepare your family for the process.

Before you begin the journey of selling your home, it is important to prepare your family for what to expect. Explain to them the importance of keeping the home clean and organised, and establish a schedule for showings and open houses.

2. Keep a flexible schedule.

When selling your home, it is important to keep a flexible schedule. This will allow you to accommodate last-minute showings and open houses. However, there are always days when things can't be adjusted regardless of our efforts and intentions. Speak with your agent and clarify which days and times viewings can’t be scheduled.

3. Make use of storage.

The first and most crucial step is to look around your household and make a decision about what are the essential items you need for the duration of the sale. Imagine going on holiday for around four months, and you can't bring everything. What do you actually need? The rest you can place in storage. It is essential to put your personal belongings out of sight during showings. This will help potential buyers see the house as a blank canvas, and they can envision their belongings in the space.

4. Create a 'home away from home'.

If you have young children, creating a 'home away from home' can be helpful for them. This can be a designated room or area where they can relax and play while the rest of the house is kept intact. You can tidy the room or area much easier and quicker.

5. Hire a professional home stager.

Hiring a professional stager can help you showcase your home in the best possible light, even while your family occupies it. In addition, they can give you recommendations on how to present your home in a way that will appeal to potential buyers.

Selling a staged home while still occupied by your young family can be challenging, but following these tips can make it a successful experience. Keeping your home clean and organised and being flexible with showings and open houses can help ensure that your property is presented to potential buyers in the best possible light.

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