Searching for a new home can a very exciting time in a family’s life and including your children in the process is very important. Nearly 17 percent of Americans move homes every year. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that of that 17 percent, 13 million children are among those who are moving. Whether you are moving down the street or across the country it can be stressful for your little ones. Including them in the new home search may help to alleviate any anxiety they might have but you need to make sure that you have a plan in tact before starting the house hunt.
Make Safety a Priority
If you have teens or even tweens they are able to detect unsafe situations much easier than a toddler or young child. It is important to know how your kid behaves when in unfamiliar surroundings. When taking your children to look at a home make sure that they are aware of any dangers within the home. If they are not, it is important that you keep them by your side. There may be a loose handrail along the stairs or steps that are steeper than normal which could cause accidents. If your little one is an explorer it may be best to find a sitter while you search to avoid any such accidents.
Think ‘Outside the House’
For many children, moving can be a very anxious time. They are uprooting their lives, leaving their friends, their school, and any extracurricular activities that they may be involved in. You want to make sure your kids can see what the new surroundings could provide for them. Work with your realtor to ensure that the house hunt includes stops at local parks, schools, churches, dance studios, sports fields, playgrounds, and […]