How To Include Children In Your Home Buying Process
There is no doubt that buying a new home is a stressful experience, with a number of different processes to get right before moving in. However, despite this fact, it is often the thoughts and emotions of our children that get forgotten – even if they aren’t old enough to quite understand every decision that is being made.
That’s the real crux of this situation. If children are leaving the only home that they’ve known, it can be tough for them and they may not adjust as quickly to their new surroundings as you would hope – especially if the kids have to change schools or learn about new suburbs.
To ease this stress, it is sometimes good to include children in the home buying process. While the kids can’t help with the home loan or negotiations, there are several ways to ensure their thoughts and feelings don’t get left behind. Read on to find out more.
1) Be open about the decision
Firstly, it’s vital to be open and honest with your kids about your decision to buy a new home. While the scope of this explanation will depend on their age, children are perceptive and will soon catch on that something is up.
As such, sit down and tell the kids about the move as early in the process as possible. Of course, they will have questions around school, friends and even wider family, but reassure them that their support structures won’t change.
It might be a good idea to advise the school of your intentions so teachers can keep a close eye on kids to ensure they are coping well with the decision.
2) Plan with the kids
As mentioned above, the age of the children will impact their reaction and subsequent involvement moving forward. However, many kids will be excited about the potential for a new room or home and could be keen to help you select a property.
According to Kids Health, if children are included in home selection (even if you don’t take their advice), it will make them feel the move isn’t forced on them and it won’t come as a surprise down the line.
Children might even have some ideas that you have forgotten about. Perhaps they want a tree in the backyard for a hut or are sports-mad and are keen for some grass for footy or cricket. As such, this might impact what properties you end up looking at.
3) Visit and experience new suburbs
If you are moving across Sydney or even into an area that is unfamiliar to your children, it is important to make this transition as easy as possible. In fact, based on insight from Healthy Children, this process can ease anxiety and stress.
Before moving in, take a drive by the new house, school and general suburb to show kids that their environment is safe and still close to everything that they already know. This is also the time to show off all of the benefits of this location – new parks, shops, attractions – elements that will stick in their mind as you prepare to move.
Again, seeing a new environment can be emotionally-draining for kids so bear this mind – it’s a marathon, not a sprint. Of course, kids are extremely adaptable so as long as you support them, moving to a new house can be fun for all involved.
If you would like more information about buying property in Sydney, get in touch with the expert team at Laing+Simmons. We can help you through every stage of this process!