Plan to Get Rid of the Kids for a While
Well, actually, this is a good one to indulge in from time to time even if you aren't selling your home. When you're thinking of placing a listing, underplaying the presence of juvenile humans on the premises is a good idea. Kids are destructive. If you don't know that by now, you must not have kids and you can move to the next entry. But if you smell what we're cooking, there are some things you can do.
Once you prep your home by repairing the kid damage a prospective buyer can see, keep him from wondering about all the things he can't see by stowing the kids at grandma's house for a few days -- or until she demands that you come and get them.