Should My Children Come to Showings?
Moving is a big decision that effects the entire family. While you certainly want to keep your child involved, it can be hard to decide just how involved they should be. Although we know that sometimes you can't find a sitter or they cancel last minute, we suggest avoiding bringing young children to a house the first time you go to view it. There area few reasons for this:
- When viewing a home for the first time you really need to be able to focus completely on the details. It's easy to miss a 1/2 bath or closet if you're distracted.
- Sometimes children can get very excited about a specific element of a home (pink bedroom or a swingset in the yard). This can make it very hard on them if the home isn't what you're looking for and you decide to keep looking.
- Occasionally a vacant home may not have the water turned on. Which means the toilet won't work.. I think you see where we're going with this.
- Some homes may also not have the heat turned on, making them rather cold on winter days.
- Kids get bored. You may love admiring a home's crown molding and you need to check out the basement and attic but, these aren't usually exciting for young children.
We suggest waiting to bring young children to see a home until you have at least narrowed it down to a couple choices or, ideally, made your final decision.
If you need to bring your child to showings (which we completely understand happens sometimes) , we do have some tips:
- Be sure the child knows that you are just looking and that you won't be making any final decisions that day.
- Have them use the restroom before leaving and ask your Realtor® to note the closest gas stations or restaurants that will allow you to use their facilities.
- Dress your child for the weather. Even if you're viewing homes with the heat turned on you will surely want to view the yards as well.
- Bring some things to keep them busy if they get bored. Tablets are perfect. Also for slightly older kids you can try bring a pad and pencil and ask them to map out the house or write down details for you.