For many families, having to move house with all of your kids in tow can be something of a nightmare. Not only do you have to find the time to start searching for the perfect family home, but you then need to also take care of packing while trying to watch the kids. So, there really is no wonder that lots of families often settle in a property that isn’t 100% suitable for them. It may be too small, for instance, but they would much prefer that than trying to do a stressful house move while all of their kids are still very young.
But this is where this blog post can come in. Moving home doesn’t have to be too difficult, even if you do have a young family to take care of. If you read on, you will find some great tips that making looking for a new family home easy to manage when you have kids.
Look For A Home With Plenty Of Outdoor Space
You might think that the children’s bedrooms or the home’s kitchen might be the most important rooms in a new house. It’s true that they should carry some weight in your decision making, but there is one part of the property that you should take more time to consider – the outdoor space. When you are looking for a new home for your family, you should always try and find one that has a large enough garden. Not only does this give you a pleasant is to unwind in during the summer, but it also provides your kids with plenty of space in which to play. And, believe me, this will be very welcome during the summer as your kids won’t complain about feeling so cooped up in their home! Plus, it saves you having to take them to the park or playground every day.
Look Into Local Schooling Options
When you start to narrow down the areas you will house hunt in, you need to consider the local schools. After all, the exact location of your new home will be a deciding factor in which school you will be able to send them to. So, when you do start looking around properties, you need to make sure that the property is in your preferred school’s catchment. If it isn’t, you could end up with quite a battle on your hands trying to get your kids into the school. You should also consider how long it will take for you to do the school run each morning and afternoon. After all, if it is quite a drive, it could cost you a lot of gas.
Research The Local Neighborhood Well
As well as researching the local area‘s schools as well as you can, you should even consider the local neighborhood as a whole. It’s not just the nearby schools that will impact your new life in the area once you move. For instance, you should try and find a new family home that is close to as many amenities and facilities as possible. The main things to look out for include things like supermarkets, doctors surgeries, and children’s play facilities. The details that come with the information from a real estate agent should feature a lot of information about the local area. Ideally, most amenities and facilities should be within walking distance from your home so that it isn’t always necessary to take the car. Although it is also convenient if they are easily accessible using public transport. Of course, if you want to move out to the country, you might find that local amenities aren’t quite as accessible and easy to get to as you may prefer. But that is one thing that people who prefer country living are very willing to give up in exchange for more space and plenty of fresh air.
Find Childcare On Moving Day
Next, it’s time to think about how you are going to cope on the big day itself – moving day! It’s probably quite obvious to point out, but your kids aren’t exactly going to be a huge help on the day of the move. There will be very little that they can help out with and they will very likely get bored and will start complaining. So, how do you solve the problem of having your kids around all day? Well, it is very easy – you just need to make sure that they aren’t there! The best thing you can do, for you and your kids, is to source some childcare for the day. They might be able to go and visit one of their friends of their grandparents for the day, for example. If you can’t find a friend or relative who can look after the kids, there’s no need to worry. You could always consider hiring a babysitter or childminder to come and take care of them for the day. As you will only need them for one day, the overall cost of their care shouldn’t be too expensive.
Ask Your Children For Their Input
Don’t forget that your children will probably have some opinions and thoughts about moving house. It’s a good idea to listen to them so that you can hear what exactly they have to say about it. This will also give them a chance to voice any worries or fears that they might have. Some children might feel quite upset about leaving their current home, especially if it is the only one that they have known. However, talking to them about the move and the reasons behind it can help to settle their worries. You should also take them when you go and view a house that you are seriously considering buying. This gives them the chance to look around and imagine themselves in their new home. It also means that there won’t be any surprises for them on moving day.
As you can see, moving with children doesn’t have to be too strenuous or stressful with the tips above!