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Old 06-24-2018, 04:02 PM
 
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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Any advice for my question specifically about small children in our home (above) would be appreciated.
You can admonish all you want, but the reality is that once they are in your home, you have no control over what they do.

I was once selling a house that wasn't full of priceless artifacts, and kids still somehow got into a bin of Pla-Doh from a top shelf and then ground it into the carpet. Because parents WILL bring their kids to a showing, and they won't watch them every second.

I agree that banning kids will limit your showings, but it's probably the only way for you to feel OK with the situation.
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Old 06-24-2018, 05:08 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Are you saying it is against the law to restrict a showing to adults only? I could see where it could limit the number of people who might want to look, but to be illegal seems extreme. Maybe the agent could word the remarks differently but sufficiently to keep kids from running loose in someone else's home? Of course an empty house would obviate that problem.
No, I'm saying that a spurious complaint might be filed.
Avoiding complaints is generally better than defending against them, even if one prevails.

I had the potential opportunity to list a home chock full of valuable artwork.

I spoke with two attorneys and a staff member at Raleigh human rights (?) regarding barring children from showings.
In the end, I backed away.
The attorneys opined that I would have a defensible position if there was a complaint.

The staff member did not address that question, but merely told me that I should expect an immediate complaint and asked me how much time I would care to spend in hearings.
I sort of lost interest.
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Old 06-24-2018, 05:12 PM
 
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I like Mike's idea. I have friends who had nice things when trying to sell their homes...not gallery quality like yours. I have one friend who has good paintings, though and she wouldn't even allow them to be photographed for interior pictures. Rather than forego photos of those rooms she eventually stored them with relatives she trusted.

Thing is you would have to package your valuables in a certain way and store them in the appropriate air temperature, maybe even with an alarm in case the temp goes awry. Sort of museum quality storage.

Simplest thing would be to move first.

If that's not possible, how about a good nearby rental apartment?
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Old 06-24-2018, 05:17 PM
 
Location: Olympia area (for now)
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All three realtors advised us to show the house with its furnishings. Our last two houses sold within ten days, at the prices we asked, in part precisely because of the art and antiques. Our present home is in a highly desirable area, with approximately fifty per cent families and fifty per cent retirees. The house is not difficult to view or to walk around; no one is restricted from any area of the house. As stated above, it is not cluttered or crammed with furnishings. Our house is a home, not an art gallery, with furniture, TVs, books, plants, and the usual things one finds in most homes.

Any advice for my question specifically about small children in our home (above) would be appreciated.
Well, if you put something in the notes, similar to ‘two hours notice due to pets’ except for screening children, it’s likely to cause hard feelings before potential buyers even see your house. Probably best to have your realtor call the other realtors who want to bring clients by and explain your situation. That way, the realtor can get in touch with their clients and either tell them no children allowed or you, your husband or realtor could be present for each showing. It’s something that should be handed with finesse, otherwise, you might insult the parents/potential buyers, who think their perfect kids would never break anything. Also, disappearing into an office is one thing, but if you or your realtor is going to walk around with the group and watch their kids, it’s going to make people uncomfortable.
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Old 06-24-2018, 07:00 PM
 
Location: Rochester, WA
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Banning kids is problematic... You can attempt to have your broker talk to the buyer's broker about being vigilant and careful, but the trouble with warnings is, the parents most likely to heed them, don't need them. Trust me, I've advised and warned clients many times. The good ones will be good regardless... and those who need the warning, don't listen or know how to be that kind of parent.

If you really want to confront and throw out bad parents, then say you'll stay for all showings. If you won't want to confront them, then don't watch. I don't think it will do anyone any good for you to just glower and make everyone uncomfortable and hurried.

My advice is make sure your things will be insured for this circumstance. And if they are emotionally valuable, store them away.
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Old 06-24-2018, 07:28 PM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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It is not “your home”.
It is real estate you want to sell.
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Old 06-24-2018, 07:38 PM
 
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I have always bought a new house and moved into it first and then sold the previous house just to avoid what OP is enduring. So much less stressful.

I wish I had tips for the OP, but I don’t.
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Old 06-24-2018, 08:54 PM
 
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All three realtors advised us to show the house with its furnishings. Our last two houses sold within ten days, at the prices we asked, in part precisely because of the art and antiques. Our present home is in a highly desirable area, with approximately fifty per cent families and fifty per cent retirees. The house is not difficult to view or to walk around; no one is restricted from any area of the house. As stated above, it is not cluttered or crammed with furnishings. Our house is a home, not an art gallery, with furniture, TVs, books, plants, and the usual things one finds in most homes.

Any advice for my question specifically about small children in our home (above) would be appreciated.
I asked this same question earlier this year-

Damage during open house?

When my house is on the market, it is still my house until someone pays me for it, I still pay the water bill, the electric bill etc.

Would it be easier to sell empty? Maybe, but that is not always feasible or practical. Packing up the stuff that makes your home attractive? Maybe but why?

We interviewed 6 agents (agencies) and selected the one who understood our situation and our stuff. She held 1 open house, controlled the number of people in the house, had an assistant and made people wait outside.
When the open was over she wiped down the door knobs and most of the flat surfaces. Never expected that.

OP, select an agent who is sympathetic to your situation and needs.
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Old 06-24-2018, 09:25 PM
 
Location: USA
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Interesting comments. Thanks for your practical, unjudgmental advice, MikeJaquish, especially about a possible discrimination complaint. I find it risible that some people feel free to enter someone else's home and let their children run unchecked, causing damage to someone else's property, yet feel it's "discrimination" if a homeowner doesn't want that to happen.

I don't understand what some of the comments, such as "collection is a brag" and "more isn't necessarily better" mean. I also doubt that most viewers, unless they dislike representational art, are going to forego a house because of a serene landscape painting or tastefully draped statue. "Glowering" and following potential buyers around, making them feel uncomfortable? Not our intent or style. I'm surprised what people assume we'll do.

My husband won't leave our home until it's sold. As mentioned in my initial post, all the smaller things are already packed and in storage. But we still need many of our furnishings with which to live, such as our bed. When our last house was shown, a young girl crawled up onto the bed and picked at the headboard until she succeeded in opening holes in the weave. Another girl left a smelly souvenir on our couch. One boy found out how fun it is to yank down drapes. Kids can't help being kids, but parents should act like responsible adults and curb their kids -- but they often don't. Thus my initial question.

MikeJaquish, you in particular have been a big help. Thank you!
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Old 06-24-2018, 09:39 PM
 
Location: USA
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Thanks for your comments and link, jerseyj; they're a great help. No, no open house!
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