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Thinking of moving house, but you’re scared of the objections from your kids, especially because you know that they find change difficult? Then here are some helpful tips on making this transition from one home to another a pleasant affair for everyone involved.
Putting the kids first
If your kids find it difficult to deal with change, then it’s probably a good idea to start with finding ways to help alleviate their concerns about moving. Depending on the ages of your children, you might have to take a different approach for each child. For example, older children tend to appreciate having the opportunity to play their part in the decision-making process when it comes to choosing a location that is closest to their school of preference, as well as their favorite recreational activities, etc.
Younger children may have a more difficult time processing all the changes taking place. You can help alleviate their fears by discussing the moving process as openly as possible with them, leaving room for questions as and when they arise. Furthermore, give them time to get used to the idea so that they can build up excitement in anticipation for what’s to come.
Try to focus on saving as much as possible
Moving often comes with a whole host of expenses you’re often not prepared for, such as covering moving costs, having to clean your new home from top to bottom, catering for repair and maintenance costs such as lawn care, to taking your new location’s cost of living into account if it’s more than what you’re used to.
Staying with friends or family until you find your feet
Perhaps you still have to make up quite a bit when it comes to meeting the minimum down payment required for a home, then why not seek out family or friends to stay with for a bit while you work on building up your savings account a bit more? Be sure, though, to notify them beforehand that your pet (if you have one) will be joining you and your family to ensure that they are on board with it.
Be open to options
When it comes to finding your ideal family home, it might be beneficial to get into that mindset of being open to options in the event you can’t find your dream property as quickly as you’d hoped. For example, this might entail looking at properties that require a bit of work, such as a fixer-upper. This way, you will likely get the opportunity to explore the different ways to make a house your home while taking on the necessary renovations to make this happen. Furthermore, you might even be able to get a great deal at a great price, which may even work out even more in your favor than a turnkey home ever could.
Getting acquainted with the neighborhood
When moving to a new city, building friendships can make a big difference in how comfortable you feel in your new community. Therefore, you might find it helpful to look up friends you knew from long ago in Austin, for example, to see if any of them live nearby. Using online directories, you can search for their name, the name of their last school, and the date they graduated online to help you reconnect with them once again.
These simple tips should help with moving house, whether near or far, as it can help prepare everyone better for what’s to come.
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