House hunting is one of the most exciting parts of the home buying process. You get to look at different houses while searching for your dream home.
If you have kids, it is always best to leave the children at home when you’re house hunting. But there are some instances when you really need to take the kids with you. Luckily, there are some steps you can take to make the process as stress-free as possible.
Here are some house hunting tips for parents with young kids.
Keep the kids busy
Most kids get bored easily, especially when they have nothing else to do. They would ask you again and again if it’s time to go. Younger kids may even throw a fit. To prevent this from happening, we highly recommend that you bring your child’s favorite toy or an iPad. This way, they’ll have something to keep them occupied while you go around and look at the property.
Most kids can play for hours on end on their iPad. Just give them the iPad and let them sit on one corner. By keeping them busy, you can maximize your time on the property and have time to really look at the property.
Time it right
Choosing the right house is a decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly. You want to really look at the property. You also want to list down the features, so you can compare them later on. But you can’t do that if you have tired and cranky kids in tow. This can ruin your house hunting experience.
If you really need to take the kids with you, it is best to go schedule the viewing early in the morning or late afternoon. You want to make sure that the child is well rested. Otherwise, he/she may start throwing a temper tantrum.
Bring some snacks
Kids can get grumpy when they’re hungry. Before heading out for the day, make sure that you pack some snacks so your kids have something to eat when they get hungry.
Choose snacks that healthy and kid-friendly. Granola bars, sandwiches, bananas, and cookies are great options for kids. Don’t forget to bring water as well. With the weather getting warmer, you want to make sure to keep the kids hydrated.
Look at the neighborhood
House hunting can be boring for kids. After all, they have no business being there. After looking at houses, you may want to drive around the area to see if there are parks, playground or sports field in the area.
This will give you an opportunity to observe the neighborhood. Plus, it’s a great way of showing the kids how amazing your new neighborhood is. They’ll feel less anxious about moving and feel more at ease in their new home town.