Buying real estate when you have children can be tricky: children may not be aware of how stressful or involved buying real estate can be and might not understand the process of moving into a new home. They may not understand just why a property is being bought or may feel left out of the whole process in general.
Moving can be a big transition for anyone, and children, in particular, can take the change hard. Here are ways to make the transition easier on them overall.
Keep them out of the home-searching process
While it's a good idea to keep your children in the loop when looking for real estate, it's not wise to take them to every open house or appointment you come across. Younger kids especially can become confused if they see more than a few houses, not understanding that looking is not the same as buying. Or, they may really like one house you look at and become disappointed should the real estate transaction fall through.
Keep your kids out of the home-searching process and instead, allow them to view the home you've finally narrowed down on and are in the process of buying. It's OK to let your kids know you're looking at houses if you haven't found the right one yet. This way, when you do find the right home, it won't be a shock to them.
Keep them involved in the home setup
When you buy real estate and move your children, even if the move is just down the street, the displacement can cause confusion and stress on young ones. Alleviate this stress by giving your children some control of the situation: allow kids to paint their own rooms, decide how to set up the play room or other area of the home, or organize the bookshelves once you move in.
Let them explore their new surroundings before you move in
If you can, visit the new home's location a few days before you move in. This can allow your kids to learn their new surroundings and discover local playgrounds and other fun, new things. When you do move into the home, it can be more familiar to them and less of a new thing, which can make moving in that much easier.
Your real estate agent can give you more tips about making the transition easier for your kids when you buy real estate. Moving can be a fun adventure if you know how to present the situation to your children.