Prepping your home for sale can feel overwhelming. And let’s be honest, the worry of disrupting your children can be an added layer of stress. It doesn’t have to be though! Here are some ways you can make the process easier on yourself and the kids.


Yes, you can ask for the luxury of time before a showing. If you need three hours’ notice before a showing, ask for it! This will allow you time to pick up the toys, coordinate nap time, and take care of any other kid related needs. You might not always get all the time you need but there are many homebuyers who will be willing to accommodate your needs.

If your children are school-age, take advantage of the times they are away from the home. Your agent can put a lockbox on your home, which will give other agents access to your home while you are away. If you aren’t comfortable with an unfamiliar agent and their clients being in the home, request that your agent be present for showings (something the Nelson Riddle Team does for all its listings).

Dedicate a Space

This one is easier said than done, but it’s worth the effort. Try to dedicate one space in house to the kids. When you do get the call with short notice for a showing, you’ll be better prepared with one room to de-kid.

It’s also a good idea to have a grab-and-go bag for the little ones. Pack their favorite snacks, toys, a phone charger…you know they’ll be asking to play on yours! The idea here is to have something to entertain them while you’re away during the showing, whether it be at a park or in the back of your car.


Keep in mind that the people who will be touring your home are just that…people. Most homebuyers will understand how difficult it can be to sell a home while kids live in the home. That one toy you forgot to snag off the floor? It’s not the end of the world. Selling your home can be an emotional process, even when you’re not juggling little ones. Try to not be hard on yourself!

Nelson Riddle Team

Have questions on how to get your home sold? Reach out to us today at 619-878-5244 or use our contact form. We hope to talk with you soon