Moving With Kids: How To Survive Showing Your House (Part 6)

This is a continuation of our series, ‘Moving With Kids: How To Survive Showing Your House’. If you haven’t done so already, you may want to read parts 1-5 first.

Moving With Kids: How To Survive Showing Your House (Part 1)
Moving With Kids: How To Survive Showing Your House (Part 2)
Moving With Kids: How To Survive Showing Your House (Part 3)
Moving With Kids: How To Survive Showing Your House (Part 4)
Moving With Kids: How To Survive Showing Your House (Part 5)

Communicate your plan
If there’s one thing I’ve learned in business is that communication is key and almost no one (in business) seems to know how to do it! The greatest plan ever conceived will fail miserably if the people who are supposed to execute it don’t know about it or understand it.

Through the house preparation process, you will no doubt be explaining to everyone the different categories and what you will do with them and for how long. The next thing to communicate is your plan for when it’s time to show the house. Make sure that all family members know the following

- What items need to be stashed in each room
- Where the designated stash spaces are for each item (it’s best not to put things in a different place every time)
- What the tidying jobs are
- What the cleaning jobs are
- What to lock/unlock
- Which lights are to be left/turned on

The lock/unlock item may require a little explanation. We normally keep the doors to the attic, basement and garage locked, but these should be unlocked so that prospective buyers can see all of the areas of the house. We also have childproofing devices on everything but our belly buttons these days and man are some of those hard to work! Especially hard are the doorknob covers. We have a few different styles and some are easier, but most are just a pain. We take these off and stash them so we don’t aggravate our “guests”. Then we have some lockable file cabinets that we use to store valuables. We always make sure to lock those before we leave.

Lists are very helpful for preparing the house, especially in the beginning. If everyone is participating, you will also find that some people might handle the same jobs every time or are good at one thing over another. Especially with the kids, if there is something they like doing, make that their designated job! One of the most important management tasks is to learn what your people like/do well and let them do it. It will make the process much smoother. If you do decide on some assigned tasks, update that list! We all have good days and bad and take it from me, holding your house open every weekend will take a toll. Every person is going to have a day when they are just not in to it, so that list will help you all stay focused on the plan.

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Read the whole series:
Moving With Kids: How To Survive Showing Your House (Part 1)
Moving With Kids: How To Survive Showing Your House (Part 2)
Moving With Kids: How To Survive Showing Your House (Part 3)
Moving With Kids: How To Survive Showing Your House (Part 4)
Moving With Kids: How To Survive Showing Your House (Part 5)
Moving With Kids: How To Survive Showing Your House (Part 6)
Moving With Kids: How To Survive Showing Your House (Part 7)
Moving With Kids: How To Survive Showing Your House (Part 8)

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