Anyone who has ever searched for a new home can attest to the fact that this process can be frustrating, anxiety-inducing and exciting at the same time.
If you have kids, you want them to feel involved and be a part of your home search. After all, moving is a family affair, right? But as a parent, there is that added challenge of handling their expectations and keeping them from feeling anxious during the decision making process; thus, making the process even more difficult.
Use these tips to make house hunting a family affair, no matter how old your kids are.
Plan home tours wisely
Before you head out, it would be best to do as much research as possible online. Plan ahead and make sure to limit your visit to houses that match your needs and specifications. With a child in tow, there is no point in looking at properties in an undesirable school district or neighborhood or a house without an ample number of bedrooms.
Set some ground rules
You can minimize the inconvenience of having the kids along by laying a few ground rules. Since they are considered as guests in every home tour, make sure that know the behavior that is expected of them. They should not fight, run, touch the belongings of the homeowners or sit on the furniture.
Narrow down your options
If your child is under 5 years old, it is important to wait until you have narrowed down the options before telling them about moving. Since kids don’t have a great sense of time, they may feel anxious if you tell them about it early.
Make a family wish list
Before you hit the pavement, ask each member of the family about the features they want in a home. After polling everyone, you may then realize that having their own bedroom is not as important as a big backyard.
The more they feel their opinion is valued, the more engaged they will be in the process.