(Part of a series on Moving With Your Au Pair)
When your family is selling your house, everyone has to pitch in to make the sale as easy as possible.
– being on their best ‘pick up after yourself’ behavior,
– being ready to dash out and stay out at a moment’s notice, and even- paring down the stuff on the shelves and in the closets so that it looks like there’s a LOT of storage space.
Your au pair is likely to be completely willing to do her/his best to help the house sell. Still, it will be it extra work for your au pair to keep the house (especially the kids’ rooms) buyer-ready.
It’s not just asking your au pair to keep her/his room really clean — it’s also helping him/her feel comfortable about somebody else ‘inspecting’ the room, snooping in the closet, and testing whether each and every window opens and shuts.
And what do you do if your au pair isn’t home, and the realtor calls wanting to ‘drop by’ with a potential buyer?
When other Host Families have been preparing to move, how have they handled showing a house with an au pair?
With our current AP, we are very respectful of her privacy, and don’t care too much about how clean (or not) she keeps her room. But now that we’ll be showing our house, the AP room needs to be clean on a moment’s notice.
It might even feel like an invasion of our Au Pair’s privacy, since there will be realtors and strangers looking at the room.
Families, if you’ve managed a move while you’ve been hosting an au pair, how did you handle this?
Au Pairs, what would help you feel more comfortable with the idea of strangers tromping around your room?
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