Make Home Shopping Fun For The Whole Family!

Shopping for a home doesn’t have to be a stressful experience. In fact, with a little planning, you can make the entire process fun for everyone– even if there are kids involved.

Here are some tips for doing just that:

1. Engage the kids
Get the whole family involved in deciding what kind of home you should consider. Ask the kids to make a list of the features they want most in a new home, and what they like and don’t like about the houses and neighbourhoods of the houses you’ve already viewed. Get them excited about the new friends they’ll be able to make in the new neighbourhood – and assure them that they can keep in touch with their current friends after the move. Bring crayons and paper for younger children so they can draw pictures of the homes they see. The more everyone, especially kids, feel a part of the process, the more likely they are to adjust well to the idea of moving.

2. Stay Healthy
Bring healthy, light snacks and drinks with you when viewing more than a couple homes in a row. It’s difficult to have fun when your energy level is low. Also be sure to stop for regular washroom breaks. You don’t want the kids to use the bathroom while you’re touring a home.

3. Easy does it
Don’t see too many properties at one time. Feeling burnt out after viewing the
tenth home on a Saturday afternoon will impact your judgement. Your fatigue
might cause you to pass on a property that is actually a good fit.

4. Make repeat visits a kid-free event
Kids often enjoy the first viewing of a new home, but are generally less
interested in the second and third visits. So when you’re going back to take a
closer look at a property before you submit an offer, consider leaving your
children with a babysitter.

5. Look for a good fit, not for perfection
You probably have an idea in your head of your perfect home. There’s nothing
wrong with that! Just keep an open mind when you look at what’s available on
the market.

6. Keep up with day to day life
With all the additional activities associated with buying and selling a home,
it’s all too easy to skip exercises, home cooked meals, and other activities.
Make a commitment to keep up with day-to-day life and family time, like going
to the beach with the family on weekends, playing a game of golf with your
spouse, and keeping the kids involved with their extracurricular activities!

7. Ask for help
Even the most well organized move doesn’t go smoothly 100% of the time. When you and your family are feeling some stress, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Your
REALTOR® can often make the entire process of searching for and buying a home go smoothly for you.

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