Kids coming and going, pals popping in, someone whipping up a batch of pancakes in your pristine kitchen – hosting a viewing is tough when you have a big family. If this all sounds familiar, and you're wondering how you’ll ever impress potential buyers when selling your home, read on. We've got plenty of tips to help you cut through the chaos and maintain an aura of calm.
Create a shared calendar
Keeping everyone coordinated is key. An effective way to do this is with a shared calendar that your family can access and edit. Free web-based apps like Google Calendar allow multiple users to look at and update from anywhere. You can also set reminders for important events, such as viewings. Messy cooks will know to stay out of the kitchen, and your teenagers will know it's not a good day to invite friends over. If you have relatives or neighbours that tend to drop in unexpectedly, share the calendar with them too, or send them a quick text once you’ve received your reminder.
Arrange viewings on quiet days
Your shared calendar will also make it easier to work out which dates are the quietest, allowing you to organise viewings at the most convenient times and helping you to avoid scheduling conflicts. By arranging appointments with potential buyers on quiet days you won't need to worry about rushing off to another engagement. It'll leave you feeling more relaxed and give you more time to highlight the best bits about your property and the location.
Keep the kids busy
If you arrange for the kids to get out and about while viewings are on, this will keep them happy – and avoid any noise and mess. You could sign them up for a lesson, such as football or an art class. Or, for a thriftier option, arrange for a relative or friend to take them out for some quality time. Dinner at granny's house, a trip to the cinema or an afternoon at the park is much better than sitting in the house waiting for the viewing to end.
For more handy tips on hosting successful viewings, head to the HouseSimple.com blog.