House hunting ideas with children in South Florida!
As the summer draws to a close, and the school year is quickly approaching, many are looking to make a move to our lovely South Florida waterfront communities in the Palm Beaches and on the Treasure Coast.
The good folks on REALTOR.com® published and article back in 2015, which provides some great tips about house hunting with small people. In the article written by Deborah Kearns, Kearns states, “Congrats! You’re in the market for a new house. You found a great Realtor® and have your pre-approval letter in hand. After searching (REALTOR.com®) online and narrowing down your list, you’re ready to start actually going to some prospective homes. Before you go property-hopping, though, there are some pint-size participants to consider: your kids.”
The articles adds, “Here are tips from two REALTORS® who have children and have helped numerous parents survive the house-hunting process with their family (and sanity) fully intact.
- Whenever possible, don’t bring your brood
Parents might not like to hear it, but most real estate agents agree that it is best if kids, especially the 9-and-under crowd, are left at home during showings.
“Kids are a distraction,” says Kevin Curtis, a Realtor in Minneapolis, MN. He’s the proud dad of two tweens. “Parents tend to spend more time watching their kids instead of looking at homes, and later they don’t remember much about the properties we’ve looked at. The process has to be productive.”
- But if they must come, keep them busy (for your sanity as much as theirs)
If child care options are scarce and you’re in a time crunch, keep the diminutive ones as busy as possible so you and your spouse can focus on the task at hand.
“An iPad is a wonderful thing on showings,” says Lauren Sheehan, a REALTOR® in Portland, OR. “Make sure you have plenty of snacks and drinks with you, too. And if your kids are very young, ask your agent to break up showings over a few days.”
- Maximize your time at each showing
- Build the excitement for them
“Your attitude is everything, and it’s up to you to provide reassurance that the move is a good thing,” Curtis agrees. “Find pictures of new schools, parks, and nearby attractions, and show them to your kids. It helps build excitement for them—and it keeps everyone in a positive frame of mind.”
So take a deep breath, Mom and Dad—you’ve got this! Happy house hunting!”
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Article by: Jeannie M. Ferrara