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Cara, Both Buyer and Seller in Rochester, MN

Baby proofing and house showings?

Asked by Cara, Rochester, MN Mon Feb 9, 2009

We're getting ready to list our split level in the next two weeks, and we have a toddler. Should we remove baby-proofing things (specifically cabinet locks)? What about the top of the stair gate? That is mounted directly into the wall, and while I can easily remove the actual gate and the newel post mount, the mounting hardware drilled into the wall is another story. Should I remove that all together?

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Hi Cara,

Our recommendation is to error on the side of "safety." Do what needs to be done to protect your child.

Most people will understand and look beyond those little flaws that can be resolved in a 10 minute repair job. An issue of greater concern is freshening up the home so it looks tidy and presentable for all showings. This will be a challenge with a toddler.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Feb 9, 2009
I think for the safety of your toddler I would leave it and have your agent put in the instructions to other agents that it will be removed and the holes will be patched at closing. People understand that you are living there and some things just cannot be eliminated for safety reasons.

Troy Seelhammer
Keller Williams Premier Realty
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Feb 9, 2009
I would leave the safety measures 'as is'. Reason being, if you remove baby gates, for example, you are either going to have to patch the holes or explain them, and neither option sounds like a good one to me. Not to mention all would have to be put right back up once the open was over.

Safety equipment can also help you as well with couples that currently have a baby on the way or toddler. The couple doesn't have to wonder if the house can be 'baby-proofed', they already know it can be, not to mention, the gates (etc.) could potentially be worked into the deal and save the new owners the hassle and expense.

Just my two cents!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Apr 25, 2014
What's more important... your child's safety or the sale of your house? I say leave your safety devices as is and make sure potential buyers know that all devices will be removed and any marks left behind will be repaired.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jul 7, 2013
I would leave everything the way it is till you sell the home and move then remove items if you choose to. http://www.mnhomescontractfordeed.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jun 2, 2012
However, if you live in a very "family" like area---leave it all up---it may help a "family-to-be" see themselves there with children some day...
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Feb 14, 2009
Cara - before I had a child myself, the baby gates and hardware posed a challenge to me when showing property. A gate is a barrier which impedes traffic flow. You don't want a buyer to remember your baby-proofing, you want them to remember your house. I recommend removing any obstacles which could deter a buyer from seeing the "real" house. Also, if the buyers viewing your home are childless, they may see all of the baby items and think "this is a neighborhood for people with children, not for people like me". Depersonalize as much as possible - but of course, you still have to live in the house so make it as livable for you as possible too. Good luck!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Feb 9, 2009
Hi, Cara!
As an agent who works primarily with home buyers, I would suggest you remove some of the cabinet locks and things, perhaps in places where it would not put your own baby in imminent jeopardy. As for the gate, is the gate such that you can remove it for showings and put it back up for your own living? If not, I would say if you just leave it unlocked so people don't have to climb over it would be enough. Those of us who don't have small children anymore have a hard time figuring those things out and we don't want to put our own clients in danger of being hurt either.

Over all, I'd say do what will help your house show the best, give buyers a way to see the cabinet space, but without creating safety issues for your own family, too.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Feb 9, 2009
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