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Tips for house hunting with kids

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Moving can be highly stressful, especially if kids are involved. Kids have their roots and memories in their current home, and if given a choice, would choose to stay where they are.

Here are a few tips for including your children into the house buying process and helping to make your house hunt an enjoyable task.

Get the kids involved

Involving children in the house searching process can make it a fun experience for them. Let them look at photos of houses online or brochures. Ask them what they like or don’t like, what they’d want a house to feature or what they’d like their bedroom to look like.

Make it fun

You don’t need to take your children to every house you view but turning it into a fun family event, especially if you’re moving to a new area can make it a more enjoyable experience for them. Visit local parks or a new eatery in the area close to where you’ve viewed a house to engage your children and get them used to visit new places.

Give them a job

Children can get bored very easily. To make it interesting for them, come up with a game like counting the number of rooms in a property you’re viewing, give them a paper and pen so they can make notes or bring a few small toys along to keep them occupied. This will help them feel more included in the process.

Make a plan

If you’re planning on viewing several properties over the course of a day, prepare ahead. You’re likely to require snacks, toys or even extra clothing. Plan your route so you know when you can take toilet breaks or stop for meals.

Keep focused

Remember that properties you visit may not be child-friendly, so it’s important to keep a close eye on your children during viewings. Younger children love to explore, so keep them with you at all times unless you’ve got a nanny.

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