Remember Your Kids during Home Buying

Posted by Dan Wolf on Friday, November 1st, 2013 at 5:45am.

It's easy enough for you, your spouse, and other adult members of your family to get excited about home buying. You can see the advantages of the new space, may be starting a new life, or accepting a new job. Your kids, however, may not feel the same way, specially if they're moving from the only home they've ever known. You can ease their transition by following a few tips.

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  • Get them involved in the house-hunting process as soon as possible. Take them to visit homes with you and ask them their opinions about what they're seeing. Tell them to imagine what a room would look like if they were staying there.
  • Even before you finalize escrow, take them on visits to the new neighborhood. Show them the playgrounds, shopping centers, and other attractions. Ask their new principal for a tour of their school, and sign them up for area clubs and activities, so they can start making friends.
  • Encourage them to talk about how they feel about moving into the new home. Sympathize with their sadness but also point out the advantages of the house. Maybe they're getting their own room, a community center with a pool, or a big family room.
  • Allow older kids to choose the finishes, floor coverings, and window treatments for their spaces. Give them a small budget so they can choose furniture and accessories. Allow them the freedom to decorate their room however they like as long as they follow certain parameters.

The move to your new home can be a pleasant experience for all your family members. If you want more information on buying a house, please contact us.

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