Four Tips for House Hunting With Kids

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Picking up and leaving the comfort of the home both you and your children have come to know and love for greener pastures can be intimidating, to say the least. Depending on the age of your children, the concept of leaving your comfy home for something bigger and better just doesn’t quite resonate. In order to reduce stress and increase the chances of your move going off without a hitch, it is important to take certain steps and precautions when it comes to your kids. For starters, including them in the house hunting process is a must. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly 17 percent of Americans move each year and 13 million children are among those moving. Regardless of whether you are moving across town or to the other side of the country, moving and finding the perfect home for you and your family isn’t always easy. Thankfully, The Cheney Group has a wonderful team of Realtors, buyer specialists, closing coordinators, marketers, and more, all of whom are in place to make the transition to your new home a smooth one.

When it comes to shopping for a new home with kids in tow, it may be helpful to go into the home buying process with a plan. By including them and being prepared for the next steps, you should be able to alleviate some of the anxiety and stress felt by them, and you. Here are a few tips for house hunting with kids to help make the experience an enjoyable one for the entire family:

  1. Family Signing on Home - The Cheney GroupInvolve Your Kids, But Not Too Much. While it is important that your kids feel like they have some say in your next family home, it is important not to overwhelm them. Including your kids in your home search may help warm them up to the idea of moving, but you will want to narrow down some of your options before dragging your kiddos along to all 50 properties for sale within your budget.
  1. Give Your Child a Job. Depending on how old your kids are, you may be able to alleviate some of the stress regarding leaving your old home by involving them on a deeper level. If you have older kids, have them do some research about your new town and the surrounding area. For younger kids, consider letting them cut out pictures from old magazines to create a collage of features and colors they would like to see in their new bedroom or home in general.
  1. Turn it Into a Road Trip. When you do decide to bring your kids along to look at a potential house, make it a fun event. If time permits, arrange a few family activities in the town or area that you plan on checking out an open house. Whether you do something as simple as go out for lunch at a local eatery or check out a new park, the thing to remember is that it is your job to encourage your kiddos to explore and find some good in their potential new home town.
  1. Set Them Up For Success. House hunting can be a daunting and defeating experience, which is why it is important to know your kids’ limits and set them up for success. Bring along plenty of books, games, and toys for your child to keep them occupied when driving to open houses and also for when you are looking at the house with the Realtor. By keeping them busy and distracted, you will be able to focus on what matters, finding a home that your family will love and be able to grow into.

When looking for a home in Little Elm, Prosper, Frisco, or elsewhere in North Texas, be sure and give The Cheney Group a call. We will work with you one-on-one, helping you find the right home for you and your family. Furthermore, we understand how stressful the idea of moving can be to your little ones, which is why we are here to help ease them into the process, too.