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 on making
house hunting a great experience for the whole family...
There is no need to take your children through
every potential house on your list. If you can, wait until you have narrowed
your options down to just a few houses before bringing the kids with you. Or at
least limit your house tours to three or less houses per day when the kids are
along. There is no need to make the kids overly tired or bored with the process.
Make sure they know the rules.
Make sure the 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 sellers property.
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 and positive ones could work against you when
trying to negotiate a lower price.
Give the kids a
Depending on the age of your children, let them take notes on
the properties you are looking at. They can record information about the houses
to go over later, including: location, square footage, types and 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
Equip 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 your will be driving for extended
periods in between properties.
Take a break.
pass a park or playground close to a property you are interested in 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
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
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