One major concern for families planning to move to a new home is making it as comfortable as possible for their children. Many child experts agree that involving the kids in the process of moving is a good way to ease the tensions associated with moving. Taking your children house hunting will help get them excited about the idea of having a new home. Below are some pointers to make house hunting a great experience for the whole family.
•Narrow your options
There is no need to take your children to every potential house you plan to see. If you can, wait until you have narrowed your options down to just a few homes before bringing the kids with you. Or limit your house tours to a small number of homes when the kids are present. You want to make sure the kids don’t get overly tired or bored with the process.
•Make sure they know the rules
Make sure your kids know they will be going through someone else's home. They must treat the sellers and their property with respect. Make sure your children are in the same room with you at all times and not handling any of the seller’s property.
Also, if the sellers are present, your children should be told to keep their opinions about the house to themselves until you leave. Negative comments can sway an owner to sell to another buyer. Positive comments could work against you when trying to negotiate a lower price.
•Give your kids a job
Depending on the age of your children, let them take notes on the properties you plan to see. They can record information about the houses to go over later, including: location, square footage, numbers of rooms, etc. They can add their thoughts about the house too. This will help them remember the homes and also make them feel included in the process.
Provide your children with games, books, and small toys in case they become bored. Bring along music for the car or audio books. This is especially important, if you will be driving for extended periods in between properties.
•Take a break
If you pass a park or playground close to a property you are highly interested in seeing, let your kids have a quick break to play. This will also give you an idea of the local lifestyle and let you see if there are other children the same age as yours in the neighborhood.
•Timing is everything
Try to look at houses in the morning or after nap time when your kids are happy and rested. Also, remember to bring along snacks and drinks to keep energy levels up.
•Ask for input
Even though the final decision on what home to purchase is
yours, ask your children for their opinions. This will let them know you value
their thoughts on the potential new home and neighborhood.