This post comes from the fabulous Alexis Hall of singleparent.info. A single mom, she recently moved with her 3 kids to be closer to her parents. Here’s what Alexis had to say about her experience:
The homebuying process with three kids was challenging and fun. From a treehouse to a dance studio to an indoor slide, everyone had their request for what our new place should have. And, of course, I had a very strict budget to stick to!
Now a pro, Alexis has been kind enough to share some tips on making a move with kids as easy and stress-free as possible. Read on for her insights!
Moving into a new home is often a time-consuming, stressful process that requires a lot of planning and careful thought. Not only is it difficult to navigate through the move itself, but when you’re done, you and your family are left with figuring out how to get comfortable and situated in a new, unfamiliar home. For some kids, this stage of the process can be tricky or even traumatic, so it’s important to find the best ways to help them feel safe and settled.
One of the best ways to do this is to involve your kids in every stage of the move, from looking at potential homes to choosing decor for their bedrooms. Allowing them a little control over what’s happening — even if it’s as small as picking out new bedding — will help tremendously when it’s time to call the new place home.
Keep reading for some great tips on how to make a move with your kiddos.
Do Some Research
Doing some research on the best homes and neighborhoods in your area will keep you informed and will give you a little space to include your children. Even if they don’t get a final say in which home you buy, they’ll enjoy the excitement of checking out different houses, so make it a family outing and talk about what everyone liked and disliked about each house afterward. Talk about a budget with your spouse or partner, and while you do so, keep in mind that the average sale price in Portland, Oregon, is $430,000, though prices vary by locale.
It’s a good idea to declutter and downsize a bit before you start packing; this way, you won’t be taking unwanted items with you to the new place. Just keep in mind that it’s never advisable to do this in your child’s room without him present. It may be tempting to finally have a chance to throw out that box of broken crayon pieces or to donate all those stuffed animals, but doing so could create anxiety for your little one at the worst possible time. Instead, go through his room with him and encourage him to make piles of things he would like to donate or throw away. If you’ll be having a garage sale before the move, let him know that he could earn some extra cash by selling his unwanted toys.
Make a Scrapbook
Especially if you’ve lived in the same home for a long time, your kids may be feeling sad about leaving their bedrooms and neighborhood friends behind. Help them create a scrapbook full of pictures and memories from your time in the house so they’ll always remember the good times they had.
Make a Quick Sale
One of the most difficult things about a move is waiting for your house to sell. It can be nerve-wracking, so it’s important to try to make a quick sale, especially since trying to sell a home with children means attempting to keep their bedrooms spotless for buyer walk-throughs and open houses. One of the best ways to do this is to boost your home’s curb appeal by adding a pop of color with some flowers, repainting the front door and/or mailbox, and replacing old light fixtures near the door.
Making your move with kids a smooth transition can seem like an overwhelming and stressful task, but it doesn’t have to be. With some good planning, smart packing, and a little patience, you and your family can turn a new house into a home in no time.