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How to Make Your Kids Part of the House Shopping Process

You have been thinking about buying a new home. Now that you have had some time to start looking, you thought it might be good to involve your children in the home shopping process. This is not only because this decision is going to affect them too, but also because it is good for your children to be aware of what is involved in purchasing a new home. Here are a few tips that might help to get them excited about wanting to participate.

Look for Homes Online

Your kids might be young, but they certainly enjoy doing things online. Looking for a new home online can be fun too. You can let your kids see pictures of the homes you are interested in checking out, and you can ask them what they think about each home. You might even ask them which homes look most interesting to them if you truly want to get their opinions before making a decision on which homes to visit.

Visit Potential Homes You and Your Kids Like

Now that your kids have seen some pictures of different homes online, it is time to get with a real estate agent to take a closer look. By allowing your kids to tag along, you will give them an opportunity to get a feel for the properties and the inside of each home you visit. They might enjoy walking through a home and imagining what their new room will be like. As they start to get used to the idea of living in a different house, it may even make the move easier for them to accept.

Take Pictures

While you are out checking out potential homes for purchase, you might ask your kids to bring their smartphones and take lots of pictures. This not only involves them in the home shopping process, but it gives them something to do. Additionally, it will make them feel included to know you want to see which aspects of each home they like or dislike. Your child may see things about the homes you visit that you did not even notice. So, their perspective is also important to have when making a decision about what home would be the best one to choose for your family’s needs.

Check out the Local Area

If you and your kids come across a home that everyone really likes, then it would be a good idea to also check out the surrounding area. This will give you and your kids a feel for what kinds of stores, schools and restaurants are close to the home you could be purchasing. This will help to get your kids used to the advantages of living in your new house.

It’s the big day. You and your kids are packed and ready to make the transition into your new home together. In some ways it may be sad for your children to be leaving the home they have known and were used to; however, the thrill of being able to build new memories in a different home carries its own level of excitement and wonder. The important thing is that this move involved the whole family, and that makes it all the more special to everyone.

Tim Esterdahl

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