Moving is ranked as one of the most stressful experiences in a person’s life. Getting your home ready to sell, putting it on the market, packing, and buying a new home is enough to make anyone’s head spin. If you are moving with children and/or pets, this process can become even more difficult. To make it easier on everyone, consider the following suggestions on how to make moving day a success.

Prepping Your Home for Sale/Moving:

If you want to get the most money out of your home sale, consider taking a few steps to maximize your home’s market value. While doing a kitchen or bathroom renovation may seem impossible with kids, a few small changes can have a major impact.

To start, consider your home’s curb appeal. Curb appeal refers to the way a home looks from the street. Your home’s yard and exterior will be the first thing people see when they pull up for a showing or view your home online. Remove all toys, playground equipment, and residual clutter. If it’s summer, ensure your lawn is green and that any planting beds, trees, or hedges are well-maintained. If you are selling during the winter, make your home look warm and inviting. A shoveled driveway, a pristine front yard, and a splash of holiday decor can spark potential buyer interest before they even set foot in your home.

Getting Ready for Showings:

Now that your home’s exterior looks immaculate, it’s time to prepare the inside for showings. In the months leading up to the sale, add a fresh coat of paint to each room, make small repairs, and do a deep clean. On the day of the showing, do a final tidy. If you want to make cleaning fun, turn it into a family game. You’ll be amazed at how fast toys get picked up if cleaning is no longer a chore. If you truly want your home to make a good impression, burn a subtle candle. During the summer, citrus and fruit scents can be highly appealing. In winter, caramel, vanilla, and cookie dough can contribute to the warm, cozy atmosphere. Keep in mind that there will be times when showings are scheduled without much notice, so have a few fun activities in mind for things to do to get everyone out of the house. Perhaps you could check out the local museum or go for a sweet treat. If the weather is nice, head to the park or go for a walk. Whatever you choose to do, don’t forget to bring family pets with you too.

Packing:

Packing with children can be particularly difficult. Where do you even start? To ensure you don’t pack away items that you or your children may need, start by storing seldom-used or seasonal items. Create a “box area” in your home or garage to keep them out of the way. When it comes down to the final pack, try to get your children involved. Having your children make small choices will help them feel more in control during chaotic times. For example, you can ask your child to choose two or three toys to keep with them on moving day. Not only will this help prevent meltdowns, but it will also be a valuable learning experience for your child with regard to making important decisions. In the midst of packing, you might realize just how much stuff the family has accumulated. Now might be the time to consider downsizing including toys, books, and clothes that have been outgrown, as well as any household items that haven’t been used in at least a year.

The Big Day:

The day has finally arrived, and you are ready to get started. Consider hiring professional movers or asking friends or neighbors for assistance ─ you’ll be surprised at how fast a move goes with a few more hands. Depending on the age of your children, consider having a family member on “kid duty” so you can move with minimal distractions. If you have a cat or dog, take them to a daycare, kennel, or private dog boarder. You can also hire a dog walker to take your pup away from the chaos for an hour or two. This will give you a chance to pet-proof your home and yard before introducing your furry family members to the new home.

Family moving day should be exciting, not overwhelming. If you want your family’s moving day to go smoothly, the above tips can make all the difference. Best of luck on your move!

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