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How to Include Your Kids in the House Hunting Process

Each year families relocate for a variety of different reasons. Some of these have to do with career changes or better opportunities in another city or state. One of the first things that these families are concerned with is finding a home. It is important to find a property that accommodates the size of your family. At the same time, community features will play a role in this decision, as well.

Parents often take their kid’s opinions into consideration before settling on a home. In fact, the Chicago Tribune reports that 55% of homeowners say their children were a factor in the houses they purchased. Using the resources within a community is essential to finding the right property, which is why working with an experienced real estate agent is critical to find what you want and what your kids want.

Here are some tips to use to include kids in the house-hunting process:

Utilize Realtor Knowledge

These are professionals in the area that you are interested in because they know what homes are for sale. This helps families with kids to locate homes that are within their budget, and those with the features they want. Depending on the age of your children, you may have schools in mind when selecting a community.

Ask about Kids’ Likes

Older kids may have very specific things that matter to them in a community. Shopping malls, movie theaters, parks, and other natural settings might fit into this category. Parents can use these likes to find houses and properties in a community. It may be possible to fine-tune searches based on subdivisions that offer things that kids are interested in.

Consider School Locations

It doesn’t matter how old your children happen to be. Finding areas with good schools is extremely important. They will transition better when these schools offer programs, like sports or extracurricular things. Your real estate expert will be able to help you with locating schools in the area. There may be a list of public and private schools that are within close proximity to your residence.

House hunting can be challenging especially for kids who don’t want to move. Including them in the search is a good way to make them feel involved. Real estate professionals can be helpful when it comes to these searches. Informing them of the features that matter to children will allow them to pinpoint the best houses to show you that fit into your specific criteria.

Tim Esterdahl

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