Tips for Selling Your House in Omaha or Council Bluffs When You Have Kids or Pets

Tips for Selling Your House in Omaha or Council Bluffs When You Have Kids or Pets
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We all love our pets, and we actually love our kids, too. But they can both present some problems when you’re trying to sell your house fast in Omaha or Council Bluffs. It is not impossible to get your house ready to show potential buyers. You will need to take the right steps to get your home ready to show when you have children and pets. to help you out, we offer these tips for selling your house in Omaha or Council Bluffs when you have kids or pets.

Make a Checklist

Even without kids or pets involved, selling a home in Omaha or Council Bluffs is a huge undertaking – a complex process with a host of smaller tasks. As with any big job, the way to proceed in an orderly fashion with a plan. Don’t overlook this task or take it lightly. A house that is show ready will bring multiple offers much faster along with more attractive terms. It will also avoid any nitpicking by the potential buyer when it comes to negotiating repairs. Here’s how industry pros recommend tackling this first step toward selling your house in Omaha. . .

“When you first decide to sell your home in Omaha or Council Bluffs, thinking about everything you need to accomplish can be overwhelming. If you’re looking at your messy house and wondering where to start, use checklists to get organized. The first checklist you make should list everything you need to do to prep your house for sale.”

After that, they advise creating a second checklist of all the things you need to do to get your house ready quickly and keep it that way for showings. These are things you should be able to accomplish in 30 minutes or less – such as sweeping, vacuuming, picking up toys, emptying litter boxes, and so on – so that you can get them done and then get out of the house. Remember first impressions mean everything to a potential buyer when looking at your home.

Repair Pet (and Kid) Damage

Kids and pets can be . . .well, destructive. (And it’s a toss-up as to which is worse.) So in preparation for selling your house in Omaha when you have kids or pets, you’ll need to repair and minimize the damage – such things as holes in the drywall, scratched floors, chewed stair railings, and carpet stains.

Just be sure to keep in mind that, as someone who has live in the same home with the kids and pets for a long time, you may not notice all the problems that need to be taken care of. But you can bet buyers will have a critical eye and will be specifically looking for such things. So look closely and try to be as objective as possible.

You could even have your local real estate agent in Omaha and Council Bluffs tour your home and point out issues to be addressed. To find out more about how Chris and her team at Homes By Chris Harter can assist you, just call 402-378-9462.

Deep Clean Everywhere

And, of course, as with any home sale, you should deep clean, everything and everywhere. Both pets and kids make plenty of messes.

Deep cleaning should take care of everything from top to bottom, so begin with the ceiling, move on to walls, and then tackle the floors. When it comes to walls, cleaning may not be enough, so repainting may be in order. And for carpet, you may have to replace some (or all) of it if shampooing doesn’t seem to do the trick. When you have pets, odor elimination will be one of your main goals during the deep cleaning process.

Get Pets Out of the Way During Showings

Not only should you remove damage and dirt and stains when selling your house fast in Omaha or Council Bluffs when you have pets, but you also need to remove your pets (as much as possible) during showings. You may think your pets are the cutest things ever, but buyers may not. And some buyers may be allergic to cats or dogs.

The best-case scenario is to be out of your home while your local Omaha and Council Bluffs real estate agent shows it. And in these cases you can take your pets with you. If, however, it isn’t practical to get your pets out of the house, at least confine them to a remote area of your home.

Remove Kid Evidence

It will, of course, be much harder to remove your kids from the house, and you can’t put them in a crate as you can your pets. So if you can’t get rid of your kids during showings, get rid of their evidence.

Primarily, this means painting over walls in the kids’ room that are painted in the loud colors and strange color combinations that appeal to kids (as well as the crayon artwork they often apply directly to walls). Numerous studies have shown that neutral colored walls (beige, for instance) are much more appealing to buyers. Walls painted in neutral colors and tones achieve the psychological effect of allowing buyers to view your home as a blank palette – allowing them to envision the house filled with their belongings and to imagine themselves living there.

Ask Your Local Omaha and Council Bluffs Real Estate Agent for More Tips

Do be aware, though, that the tips above just scratch the surface of all the things you can and should do when selling your Omaha or Council Bluffs house fast when you have kids and/or pets. You’re starting off at a disadvantage when competing against sellers who don’t have kids and pets in their homes. So you need to do everything you can to tip the scales in your favor. To find out about the best strategies for selling your house in Omaha or Council Bluffs in this situation reach out to Chris and her team at Homes By Chris Harter, contact us today at 402-378-9462.

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